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Bill Bryson
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What product first reveals the popularity of toll-free hotline phone numbers to Bill?
(a) Milk.
(b) Soda.
(c) Dental floss.
(d) Toothpaste.

2. What does Bill find to be a difficult adjustment for him when he returns to the U.S.?
(a) He finds it very noisy.
(b) He cannot find what he wants in the stores.
(c) He has forgotten American English.
(d) He left as a young man and came back middle-aged.

3. According to Bill, what product do Americans regard much differently than the British?
(a) Pet food.
(b) Over-the-counter drugs.
(c) Clothing.
(d) Cars.

4. What British sport does Bill find dull but restful?
(a) Cricket.
(b) Polo.
(c) Rounders.
(d) Soccer.

5. What American kitchen convenience does Bill think is just wonderful?
(a) The dishwasher.
(b) The garbage disposal.
(c) The blender.
(d) The microwave.

6. What does Bill say is a big improvement in America concerning business phone numbers?
(a) The 1-800 numbers are easy to remember.
(b) They are only four-digits.
(c) Business calls cannot be made into people's homes.
(d) They are preprogrammed on everyone's phone.

7. What does Bryson think is sad about how things are changing in modern Vermont?
(a) The weather is warming up.
(b) There are too many Canadians there.
(c) Pollution is increasing.
(d) More people now are born outside the state.

8. According to Bryson, what is lacking in his New Hampshire town?
(a) Intelligent people.
(b) Crime.
(c) Pollution.
(d) Good entertainment.

9. After living in Britain for twenty years, what does Bill find refreshingly different about the United States?
(a) The fashions.
(b) The weather.
(c) The informality.
(d) The government.

10. Bryson finds summer blockbuster movies annoying, but what does he have a real problem with?
(a) The cost of popcorn.
(b) The behavior of children at the movie.
(c) The large cinema complexes.
(d) The cost of admission.

11. What does Bill say that he has to remember about going into restaurants?
(a) They don't sell alcoholic drinks in the local eateries.
(b) To wait to be seated.
(c) You need to show identification.
(d) He has to remove his baseball cap.

12. What does Bill say about the barber in his new hometown?
(a) He could talk the hind leg off a donkey.
(b) He is fresh out of barber school and eager to try new things.
(c) He reads more books than Bill does.
(d) He only seems to know hairstyles from the 1950's.

13. What does Bill Bryson like about his new home town?
(a) It is close to Boston.
(b) It has great shopping.
(c) It is a suburb.
(d) It has a great college.

14. What does Bill say is a strange feature of their car?
(a) It has no cup holders.
(b) It dispenses ice.
(c) There is an indentation on the dashboard with no obvious use.
(d) The steering wheel is heated.

15. In "Junk-Food Heaven," according to Bill, what kind of food shopper is his wife?
(a) She buys healthy and nutritious food.
(b) She loves to cut out and use coupons.
(c) She hates shopping; he does it all.
(d) She buys a lot of junk food.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Bryson call the expression his wife wears when she is ready for serious gardening?

2. What trait does Bill admit that he has in regards to simple everyday activities?

3. What does Bill miss about television in Britain?

4. What event in America is starting up as Bill begins writing his columns for his British audience?

5. According to Bill, what is the outstanding quality of Americans?

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