The Best American Essays Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Williams discussing in her essay, "The Killing Game"?

2. Where is the Quechan stone monument in "The Stone Horse"?

3. What American obsession does Queenan discuss in "Matriculation Fixation"?

4. What does Williams say about deer being overpopulated in "The Killing Game"?

5. What common element does Wills mention having with the penalty in "The Dramaturgy of Death"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the significance of Till's photos circulating and none of Byrd's in "Exquisite Corpse"?

2. What does Updike say about the female body in "The Disposable Rocket"?

3. Describe what Berry's issue with the American people is in "In Distrust of Movements."

4. What reasoning does Oliver Wendell Holmes give for not shouting fire in a crowded theater in the essay "Shouting Fire!"?

5. Describe Convoy's realization about 'sixths' in "Think About It."

6. Describe Hodgman's response to the different foods she tastes in "No Wonder They Call Me a Bitch,"

7. Describe the tone of Hodgman's essay "No Wonder They Call Me a Bitch,"

8. What two things is Wills comparing in "The Dramaturgy of Death"?

9. Explain why Muhammad Ali was a world icon in the essay "Ali in Havana."

10. Explain Hearne's reasons for the differences of human rights to those of a dog in the essay "What's Wrong With Animal Rights"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What do you think Philip Petit from "Turning Point" would say to David Rahm from "The Stunt Pilot"? Consider the risks and artistry in each of their professions.

Essay Topic 2

"Exquisite Corpse," by Ashraf Rushdy discusses the photography of African Americans that had been lynched. If James Byrd's lynching had been photographed, how would the country's reaction have compared to the lynching of Emmett Till in 1955?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast what the author's struggles are in the essays, "Westbury Court" and "Mirrorings." Do you see more similarities or differences between the two essays?

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