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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 "The War on Drugs," what is wrong, according to Bryson, about the penalties for drug possession?
(a) He thinks the laws favor the rich.
(b) He thinks the penalties should be harsher.
(c) He thinks the laws favor the poor.
(d) He thinks the penalties for drug possession are too harsh.

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

3. What does Bill find strange about some U.S. commercials?
(a) They can be 5 minutes long.
(b) They advertise personal hygiene products.
(c) They have laugh tracks.
(d) They cannot show cigarettes.

4. What does Bill hate about flying now that he is back in the U.S.?
(a) No meals are served.
(b) The price of tickets.
(c) Having to show photo identification at the airport.
(d) The snacks are terrible.

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

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

7. What does Bill say is ridiculous about a VCR?
(a) It costs so much.
(b) It is being replaced by a DVD player.
(c) It can record twelve months in advance.
(d) It has no remote.

8. What does Bill say about the way people of the world eat?
(a) There are thousands of foods but only a few are eaten a lot.
(b) We eat a huge variety of things.
(c) Most people don't eat enough.
(d) Most people eat too much.

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

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

11. Bill says the GDP is very hard to measure in modern times. What does GDP stand for?
(a) Gross Domestic Product.
(b) Grand Divisible Principles.
(c) Grand Domestic Product.
(d) Gross Definitive Product.

12. Why does Bryson have an issue with the Internet?
(a) It's making people anti-social.
(b) It's expensive.
(c) People can glean personal information about others.
(d) It's unreliable.

13. Bryson says that 94% of Americans' trips from home involve the use of something in particular. What is that item?
(a) A cell phone.
(b) A snack.
(c) A car.
(d) A credit card.

14. What do U.S. post offices do once a year that Bill likes a lot?
(a) Have a charity softball game.
(b) Give customers free donuts, pastries, and coffee.
(c) Give out door prizes.
(d) Give customers free stamps.

15. What mistake did Bill make that made him realize that he, along with many others, needs product guidance?
(a) He bought some tobacco and then put it in the mailbox.
(b) He injured himself with his letter opener.
(c) He put his shoes on the wrong feet.
(d) He left his bank card in the ATM.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Bill miss about television in Britain?

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

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

4. Bryson likes his privacy. Where does he especially find there is a lack of privacy in America?

5. Why did Bill decide to write "Friendly People?"

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