I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Bill's wife's reaction to his new American haircut?
(a) She says she wants to send their sons there, too.
(b) She loves it.
(c) She bursts into tears.
(d) She says he must have said something to upset the barber.

2. What part of the house does Bill regard as delightful and pretty much the same in every American household?
(a) The family room.
(b) The attic.
(c) The basement.
(d) The laundry room.

3. How does Bill explain the popularity of motel chains in America?
(a) The chains are clean and efficient.
(b) Good marketing.
(c) Privately owned ones are expensive.
(d) People want the same thing wherever they go.

4. In "Lost at the Movies," which Jurassic Park movie did Bryson take his children to see?
(a) Lost Appetites.
(b) Lost Innocence.
(c) Lost World.
(d) Lost Dinosaurs.

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

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

7. 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.

8. 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) He has to tip the bagger.
(c) It makes him feel lazy.
(d) He has to make conversation with the bagger.

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

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

11. What does Bill say about his hair?
(a) He has "very happy" hair.
(b) He wants to color the gray.
(c) He always covers it with a hat.
(d) He is losing it quickly.

12. 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 has forgotten American English.
(c) He cannot find what he wants in the stores.
(d) He left as a young man and came back middle-aged.

13. Where do Bill and his wife go to celebrate their anniversary?
(a) To a ski resort in Quebec.
(b) To a fancy restaurant in Vermont.
(c) To an expensive inn in Massachusetts.
(d) To a spa in Connecticut.

14. How much does Bryson say the government spends on fighting drugs?
(a) $10 billion a year.
(b) $1 billion dollars a year.
(c) $50 billion a year.
(d) $500 million a year.

15. When Bill phones the computer hotline to ask for help, what information do they ask him for first?
(a) The computer's serial number.
(b) His date of birth.
(c) His Social Security number.
(d) His address.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to Bryson, what is lacking in his New Hampshire town?

3. What does Bill say is a big improvement in America concerning business phone numbers?

4. After living in Britain for twenty years, what does Bill find refreshingly different about the United States?

5. What does Bill say about the way people of the world eat?

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