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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 does Bill tell the reader about crime in New Hampshire?
(a) Petty crime is a problem in the rural areas.
(b) There is no death penalty.
(c) There were only four murders in the last reporting year.
(d) Serious crime is on the increase.

2. How many children do the Brysons have?
(a) Four.
(b) Five.
(c) Three.
(d) Two.

3. What is one complaint Bryson has about the small towns around him?
(a) That people are rude.
(b) That everyone uses their car to get around.
(c) That he can't find a decent dentist.
(d) There are no libraries.

4. Why did Bill decide to write "Friendly People?"
(a) Because he had to make good on a bet.
(b) Because his wife told him all he did was complain in his columns.
(c) Because he thought it would be funny.
(d) Because his editor wanted him to.

5. In "Why Everyone is Worried," which federal agency is not doing a very good job, according to Bryson?
(a) Homeland Security.
(b) Administration on Aging.
(c) The CIA.
(d) The FBI.

6. Why does Bill prefer the post offices in the U.S. to the ones in Britain?
(a) The U.S. postal charges are very low.
(b) Each town has one.
(c) The U.S. post offices only deal with mail.
(d) The buildings are clean and new.

7. How does Bill feel when he goes to a barbershop?
(a) Helpless and insecure.
(b) Like he is going to empty his wallet.
(c) He can get caught up on his reading.
(d) Happy tot talk to someone with sense.

8. According to Bryson, why did a store in Michigan win a case brought against them by a customer?
(a) The store had a right to protect itself from shoplifting
(b) The customer had a history of suing every business in town.
(c) It had a really good lawyer.
(d) The store had a right to hire armed guards

9. How does Bill know so much about motels?
(a) He belongs to a motel club.
(b) He is reading a book called "The Motel in America."
(c) He used to own one.
(d) He has stayed at thousands.

10. Why doesn't Bryson like gardening with his wife?
(a) She screams if she sees any insects.
(b) She is English and thus an expert gardener.
(c) She expects him to garden for hours at a time.
(d) He has to do all the work.

11. 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.

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

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

14. According to Bryson, why are national parks and wilderness areas in the United States overcrowded?
(a) Because they are inexpensive to visit.
(b) Because people are tired of the cities.
(c) Because everyone brings their cars.
(d) Because too many people take their children.

15. In "Consuming Pleasures," what does Bill say about shopping in America?
(a) It is a boring and tedious activity.
(b) You can buy almost anything.
(c) Everything must be bought in person.
(d) There is underproduction of goods.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Bryson think the cupholder revolution is a bit strange?

2. In "Lost at the Movies," which Jurassic Park movie did Bryson take his children to see?

3. Why does Bill feel going to a restaurant is a discouraging experience?

4. Although the GDP is seen as a positive in economic terms, how does Bill say it can be negative?

5. What product first reveals the popularity of toll-free hotline phone numbers to Bill?

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