The Best American Essays Quiz

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Questions 1-5 of 25:

1.

Why would people not take Tan's mother seriously in "Mother Tongue"? (from The Personal Voice: Merced, The Inheritance of Tools, and Mother Tongue)

2.

Why does Dillard later ride in the airplane in "The Stunt Pilot"? (from The Attentive Mind: Turning Point, The Stunt Pilot, and Spring)

3.

What two categories does Steele place himself under in "On Being Black and Middle Class"? (from The Public Sphere: On Being Black and Middle Class, The Killing Game, and The Dramaturgy of Death)

4.

Who does Hoagland surprisingly mention dying by a specific way of death in "Heaven and Nature"? (from The Attentive Mind: Mail, A Lovely Sort of Lower Purpose, Heaven and Nature)

5.

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)

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