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. Why do the hunters hunt according to Williams in "The Killing Game"?

2. What did Johnny do to be attacked in "Who Shot Johnny?"?

3. Who outlined the exception to the first amendment in "Shouting Fire!"?

4. What adjectives does Updike describe for males in "The Disposable Rocket"?

5. What was the verdict on the dry foods taste in "No Wonder They Call Me a Bitch"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What event happened that made Americans want to return to that slumber of isolation in "Who We Are"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why did Till's mother want his coffin to remain open in the essay "Exquisite Corpse"?

10. What does Dickerson say about Johnny's assailant in "Who Shot Johnny?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the perception of female bodies to male bodies in "Heaven and Nature," by Edward Hoagland.

Essay Topic 2

In the essay, "They All Just Went Away" how is an abandoned house like a decaying corpse?

Essay Topic 3

"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?

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