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

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

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

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

5. What American kitchen convenience does Bill think is just wonderful?
(a) The garbage disposal.
(b) The blender.
(c) The microwave.
(d) The dishwasher.

6. What New Hampshire town did the Bryson family settle in during 1995?
(a) Hanover.
(b) Colebrook.
(c) Manchester.
(d) Concord.

7. What disappeared in the north woods of New Hampshire in 1996 and was never found?
(a) The Bryson's dog.
(b) A Lear jet.
(c) A van full of illegal aliens.
(d) A helicopter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Bill Bryson like about his new home town?

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

3. Bryson finds summer blockbuster movies annoying, but what does he have a real problem with?

4. How much does Bryson say the government spends on fighting drugs?

5. How does Bill explain the popularity of motel chains in America?

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