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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 Bill, which offense do the British commit that he takes offense to?
(a) Sloppy parking.
(b) Not lining up for service.
(c) Charging to use public bathrooms.
(d) Being rude.

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

3. Bill is amazed that thousands of Americans end up in the emergency rooms every year from using certain things. What are they?
(a) Guns.
(b) Cars.
(c) Snow blowers.
(d) Common household items.

4. 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 Social Security number.
(c) His address.
(d) His date of birth.

5. 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.

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

7. Why doesn't Bryson like gardening with his wife?
(a) He has to do all the work.
(b) She is English and thus an expert gardener.
(c) She screams if she sees any insects.
(d) She expects him to garden for hours at a time.

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

9. How do 40,000 Americans die a year, according to Bryson?
(a) By contracting hepatitis.
(b) By falling under trains.
(c) By gunshot wounds.
(d) By accidents on construction sites.

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

11. Although the GDP is seen as a positive in economic terms, how does Bill say it can be negative?
(a) Production can cause pollution.
(b) It is just too confusing.
(c) Some of it has to go to other countries.
(d) It does not help the poor.

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

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

14. What does Bill say is a strange feature of their car?
(a) The steering wheel is heated.
(b) It dispenses ice.
(c) There is an indentation on the dashboard with no obvious use.
(d) It has no cup holders.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Bill feel when he goes to a barbershop?

2. What does Bill say about American sports teams that would never happen in Britain?

3. In "Why Everyone is Worried," which federal agency is not doing a very good job, according to Bryson?

4. What does Bill find in the bottom of his refrigerator, a left over from his junk-food shopping with his wife?

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

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