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 happened to Johnny's assailant in "Who Shot Johnny?"?

2. Who does Queenan mention being successful in "Matriculation Fixation"?

3. What does Williams think of the hunters reasoning to hunt in "The Killing Game"?

4. What was the verdict of the wet food in "No Wonder They Call Me a Bitch"?

5. What does Berry think the problem with American's is in "In Distrust of Movements"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Steele say about her black identity in the essay, "On Being Black and Middle Class"?

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

3. Describe what Queenan thinks about American universities in "Matriculation Fixation"."

4. What does Williams say about the reasons hunters give for hunting in the essay "The Killing Game"?

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

6. What is Kincaid's attitude towards England in "On Seeing England for the First Time"?

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

8. Why is the Quechan horse still intact, unlike the other archaeological monuments in "The Stone Horse" by Barry Lopez?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain how the role of the parent in "Silk Parachute" and "The Inheritance of Tools" are similar and different. Does one essay place more importance on the parent?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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