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 does Singer say about the money would be spent on, that is not given to helping the poor in "The Singer Solution to World Poverty"?

2. Who does Talese accompany to Cuba in "Ali in Havana"?

3. What assumption are all rights based on in "What's Wrong With Animal Rights"?

4. What happened to Dickerson's nephew Johnny in "Who Shot Johnny?"?

5. Whose rights is Hearne defending in "What's Wrong With Animal Rights?"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Oates thoughts on the difference of a house and a home in the essay, "They All Just Went Away,."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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