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

2. In "Design Flaws," what does Bill complain about, in regards to his computer?
(a) The monitor.
(b) The keyboard.
(c) The hard drive.
(d) The CD player.

3. What does Bill tell the reader about crime in New Hampshire?
(a) There were only four murders in the last reporting year.
(b) There is no death penalty.
(c) Serious crime is on the increase.
(d) Petty crime is a problem in the rural areas.

4. What does Bill say is a new shopping experience for him on his return to America?
(a) Personal service.
(b) Shopping insurance.
(c) Money-back guarantees.
(d) Outlet malls.

5. What part of the house does Bill regard as delightful and pretty much the same in every American household?
(a) The laundry room.
(b) The basement.
(c) The attic.
(d) The family room.

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

7. What does Bryson call the expression his wife wears when she is ready for serious gardening?
(a) Her Nike expression.
(b) Her Gatorade expression.
(c) Her Pepsi expression.
(d) Her Adidas expression.

8. 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.

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

10. According to Bill, what product do Americans regard much differently than the British?
(a) Pet food.
(b) Over-the-counter drugs.
(c) Clothing.
(d) Cars.

11. 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 makes his kids eat it all.
(c) He eats his way through it and buys more.
(d) He throws half of it out.

12. What particular product in American supermarkets fascinates Bill?
(a) Laundry soap.
(b) Meat.
(c) Cereal.
(d) Pet food.

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

14. What does Bill find to be a difficult adjustment for him when he returns to the U.S.?
(a) He left as a young man and came back middle-aged.
(b) He has forgotten American English.
(c) He cannot find what he wants in the stores.
(d) He finds it very noisy.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Bryson say about American gardens?

2. What New Hampshire town did the Bryson family settle in during 1995?

3. According to Bryson in "Why No One Walks," how far does the average American walk in a day?

4. What mistake did Bill make that made him realize that he, along with many others, needs product guidance?

5. After living in Britain for twenty years, what does Bill find refreshingly different about the United States?

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