The Best American Essays Quiz

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Questions 1-5 of 25:


What is Wills considering in his essay, "The Dramaturgy of Death"? (from The Public Sphere: On Being Black and Middle Class, The Killing Game, and The Dramaturgy of Death)


What ethical system is Singer addressing in "The Singer Solution to World Poverty"? (from The Public Sphere: On Seeing England for the First Time, Exquisite Corpse, The Singer Solution to World Poverty)


In Mother Tongue, who always made sense to Tan, even if the speech was grammatically incorrect? (from The Personal Voice: Merced, The Inheritance of Tools, and Mother Tongue)


What does Updike say that men think about their bodies? (from The Attentive Mind: Matriculation Fixation, Ali in Havana, and The Disposable Rocket)


What does Fadiman think about the possibility of a published book of emails in "Mail"? (from The Attentive Mind: Mail, A Lovely Sort of Lower Purpose, Heaven and Nature)

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