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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. Why did Bill decide to write "Friendly People?"
(a) Because his wife told him all he did was complain in his columns.
(b) Because his editor wanted him to.
(c) Because he had to make good on a bet.
(d) Because he thought it would be funny.

2. What does Bill miss about television in Britain?
(a) Good news programs.
(b) No commercials.
(c) A lot of good comedy shows.
(d) A late night university program with free courses.

3. How does Bill feel when he goes to a barbershop?
(a) He can get caught up on his reading.
(b) Like he is going to empty his wallet.
(c) Helpless and insecure.
(d) Happy tot talk to someone with sense.

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

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

6. According to Bryson, what is lacking in his New Hampshire town?
(a) Crime.
(b) Pollution.
(c) Good entertainment.
(d) Intelligent people.

7. After living in Britain for twenty years, what does Bill find refreshingly different about the United States?
(a) The informality.
(b) The fashions.
(c) The government.
(d) The weather.

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

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

10. In "How to Have Fun at Home," why does Bill think having your groceries bagged for you is not so great?
(a) It makes him feel lazy.
(b) He has to make conversation with the bagger.
(c) He has to tip the bagger.
(d) It doesn't buy him any quality time.

11. What does Bill hate about flying now that he is back in the U.S.?
(a) The price of tickets.
(b) The snacks are terrible.
(c) Having to show photo identification at the airport.
(d) No meals are served.

12. 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.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Bryson think the cupholder revolution is a bit strange?

5. In "Wide-Open Spaces," according to Bryson, who was an idiot?

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