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

2. What does Bill end up doing with all the food he buys at the supermarket?
(a) He eats his way through it and hates it.
(b) He eats his way through it and buys more.
(c) He throws half of it out.
(d) He makes his kids eat it all.

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

4. What event in America is starting up as Bill begins writing his columns for his British audience?
(a) The Stanley Cup Play-Offs.
(b) The World Series.
(c) The Summer Olympics.
(d) A Presidential Election Campaign.

5. 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.

6. In the twenty years since Bryson left the United States, by how much have car numbers, roads, and mileage increased?
(a) By two times.
(b) By half.
(c) By 10%.
(d) By 100%.

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

8. 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) The U.S. post offices only deal with mail.
(c) The buildings are clean and new.
(d) Each town has one.

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

10. What trait does Bill admit that he has in regards to simple everyday activities?
(a) He is perfect at everything he does.
(b) He is clumsy.
(c) He never forgets anything.
(d) He is absentminded.

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

12. What does Bryson say about American gardens?
(a) They are mostly roses.
(b) They are mostly weeds.
(c) They are mostly bushes.
(d) They are mostly lawn.

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

14. In "Room Service," what does Bill say the Motel Inn in California is famous for?
(a) Being the first to use the word "motel."
(b) Being built over buried treasure.
(c) Being owned by Zorro.
(d) Being used in a lot of movies.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What part of the house does Bill regard as delightful and pretty much the same in every American household?

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

3. What does Bill say about the barber in his new hometown?

4. What does Bill say is a strange feature of their car?

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

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