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

2. 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) Snow blowers.
(c) Common household items.
(d) Cars.

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

4. What is one way Bryson says New Hampshire residents might die that would not happen in Britain?
(a) Getting swine flu.
(b) Flying their own plane.
(c) Crashing their car into a moose.
(d) Swimming in the ocean.

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

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

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

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

9. What is Bill's wife's reaction to his new American haircut?
(a) She loves it.
(b) She says she wants to send their sons there, too.
(c) She bursts into tears.
(d) She says he must have said something to upset the barber.

10. 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 cell phone.
(c) A snack.
(d) A car.

11. What does Bill say that he has to remember about going into restaurants?
(a) To wait to be seated.
(b) They don't sell alcoholic drinks in the local eateries.
(c) He has to remove his baseball cap.
(d) You need to show identification.

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

13. In "Why Everyone is Worried," which federal agency is not doing a very good job, according to Bryson?
(a) The FBI.
(b) The CIA.
(c) Homeland Security.
(d) Administration on Aging.

14. In "The Risk Factor," what does Bryson say an American is twice as likely to do as a British person?
(a) Die accidentally.
(b) Die is hospital.
(c) Die in childbirth.
(d) Die of cancer.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Bill say it would take over 31,000 years to do?

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

4. Although the GDP is seen as a positive in economic terms, how does Bill say it can be negative?

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

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