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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. In "Wide-Open Spaces," according to Bryson, who was an idiot?
(a) Monty Hall.
(b) Samuel de Champlain.
(c) Grover Cleveland.
(d) Daniel Boone.

2. In "The Risk Factor," what does Bryson say an American is twice as likely to do as a British person?
(a) Die of cancer.
(b) Die accidentally.
(c) Die in childbirth.
(d) Die is hospital.

3. Why does Bill feel going to a restaurant is a discouraging experience?
(a) He's a picky eater.
(b) He's a vegan.
(c) He manages to antagonize the waitress.
(d) He hates the high prices.

4. In "The Numbers Game," what does Bill say is beyond the comprehension of everyone?
(a) How the government manages to get anything done.
(b) Why government workers get so many holidays.
(c) How tax money is spent.
(d) How much money huge sums really represent.

5. Although the GDP is seen as a positive in economic terms, how does Bill say it can be negative?
(a) It does not help the poor.
(b) It is just too confusing.
(c) Production can cause pollution.
(d) Some of it has to go to other countries.

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

7. 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) There are no libraries.
(d) That he can't find a decent dentist.

8. What is one way Bryson says New Hampshire residents might die that would not happen in Britain?
(a) Getting swine flu.
(b) Swimming in the ocean.
(c) Crashing their car into a moose.
(d) Flying their own plane.

9. What particular product in American supermarkets fascinates Bill?
(a) Meat.
(b) Pet food.
(c) Cereal.
(d) Laundry soap.

10. 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 FBI.
(d) The CIA.

11. In "How to Have Fun at Home," why does Bill think having your groceries bagged for you is not so great?
(a) It doesn't buy him any quality time.
(b) It makes him feel lazy.
(c) He has to make conversation with the bagger.
(d) He has to tip the bagger.

12. In "Dying Accents," what is the name of the man who does carpentry around the Bryson house?
(a) Darby.
(b) Bob.
(c) Walt.
(d) Darryl.

13. What does Bill say it would take over 31,000 years to do?
(a) Pay off the national debt.
(b) Travel to Mars and back.
(c) Count a trillion dollars.
(d) Make the tax system fair.

14. How does Bryson begin "Tales of the North Woods?"
(a) He talks about shoveling snow.
(b) He talks about the town that disappeared, and no one has found it.
(c) He talks about a college student who left a party and died in the woods.
(d) He talks about using a snowmobile.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Bryson, why did a store in Michigan win a case brought against them by a customer?

2. What does Bill miss about television in Britain?

3. How do 40,000 Americans die a year, according to Bryson?

4. What British sport does Bill find dull but restful?

5. What does Bryson think is sad about how things are changing in modern Vermont?

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