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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. In the twenty years since Bryson left the United States, by how much have car numbers, roads, and mileage increased?
(a) By 100%.
(b) By 10%.
(c) By two times.
(d) By half.

2. What is one complaint Bryson has about the small towns around him?
(a) That he can't find a decent dentist.
(b) That everyone uses their car to get around.
(c) There are no libraries.
(d) That people are rude.

3. Bryson nostalgically describes the movie theater where he grew up. Where is his home town?
(a) Montgomery, Alabama.
(b) Des Moines, Iowa.
(c) Richford, Vermont.
(d) Dearborn, Michigan.

4. 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.

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

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

7. What mistake did Bill make that made him realize that he, along with many others, needs product guidance?
(a) He injured himself with his letter opener.
(b) He put his shoes on the wrong feet.
(c) He left his bank card in the ATM.
(d) He bought some tobacco and then put it in the mailbox.

8. 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 throws half of it out.
(d) He makes his kids eat it all.

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

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

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

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

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

14. What does Bill say about American sports teams that would never happen in Britain?
(a) The teams have cheerleaders.
(b) The players play for small salaries.
(c) The players are all polite.
(d) A team can move its franchise to a new city.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Bryson begin "Tales of the North Woods?"

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

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

4. What does Bill find to be a difficult adjustment for him when he returns to the U.S.?

5. What trait does Bill admit that he has in regards to simple everyday activities?

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