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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 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 helicopter.
(d) A van full of illegal aliens.

2. What is one activity that Bill is happy to return to in America?
(a) Baseball.
(b) Shopping.
(c) Football.
(d) Paying taxes.

3. What does Bryson think is sad about how things are changing in modern Vermont?
(a) Pollution is increasing.
(b) More people now are born outside the state.
(c) There are too many Canadians there.
(d) The weather is warming up.

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

5. In "Junk-Food Heaven," according to Bill, what kind of food shopper is his wife?
(a) She buys a lot of junk food.
(b) She buys healthy and nutritious food.
(c) She hates shopping; he does it all.
(d) She loves to cut out and use coupons.

6. How much does Bryson say the government spends on fighting drugs?
(a) $10 billion a year.
(b) $1 billion dollars a year.
(c) $500 million a year.
(d) $50 billion a year.

7. What does Bryson find amazing about the geography of the United States?
(a) That there is very little variety.
(b) That the United States has no Arctic region.
(c) That so much of the country is empty of people.
(d) That it is smaller than Canada.

8. 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 cannot find what he wants in the stores.
(c) He finds it very noisy.
(d) He has forgotten American English.

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

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

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

12. Where do Bill and his wife go to celebrate their anniversary?
(a) To a fancy restaurant in Vermont.
(b) To an expensive inn in Massachusetts.
(c) To a spa in Connecticut.
(d) To a ski resort in Quebec.

13. According to Bill, what is the outstanding quality of Americans?
(a) Their sense of humor.
(b) Their ambition.
(c) Their business sense.
(d) Their friendliness.

14. What does Bill like about having a college as part of he town he lives in?
(a) His kids can go there for free.
(b) He and his family can use their facilities.
(c) It has snob appeal.
(d) It keeps the taxes down.

15. According to Bryson in "Why No One Walks," how far does the average American walk in a day?
(a) About a mile.
(b) About half a mile.
(c) About 350 yards.
(d) About two miles.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is one way Bryson says New Hampshire residents might die that would not happen in Britain?

3. Why does Bill feel going to a restaurant is a discouraging experience?

4. What British sport does Bill find dull but restful?

5. What does Bryson call the expression his wife wears when she is ready for serious gardening?

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