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. Bryson likes his privacy. Where does he especially find there is a lack of privacy in America?
(a) In telephone booths.
(b) In clothing store changing rooms.
(c) On airplanes.
(d) In public washrooms.

2. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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.

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

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

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

14. What did the town of Laconia, New Hampshire, have to do about its new sidewalks and benches in its town center?
(a) Remove them because no one was using them.
(b) Refit them for use in a movie.
(c) Sanitize them.
(d) Refit them for handicapped residents.

15. What does Bill Bryson like about his new home town?
(a) It is a suburb.
(b) It has a great college.
(c) It has great shopping.
(d) It is close to Boston.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Bill's wife's reaction to his new American haircut?

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

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

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

5. Where do Bill and his wife go to celebrate their anniversary?

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