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 Wills considering in his essay, "The Dramaturgy of Death"?

2. Who was brutally murdered in 1955 in "Exquisite Corpse"?

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

4. What two categories does Steele place himself under in "On Being Black and Middle Class"?

5. What small facet does Berry NOT mention "In Distrust of Movements"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Convoy finally accept at the end of his essay "Think About It"?

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

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

6. What is utilitarianism according to Singer in "The Singer Solution to World Poverty"?

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

8. How does Halberstam see America responding to war in the essay "Who We Are"?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Think about "Hair" by Marcia Aldrich. Do you agree or disagree that "hair, is like life--there is no need to be bound by the past because it can always be changed".

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

Considering "The Telephone" and "Mail," compare and contrast the benefits of life without the invention of both the telephone and e-mail. How do you think our society would be different without technological advances like cell phones or e-mail?

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