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

2. 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 bought some tobacco and then put it in the mailbox.
(d) He left his bank card in the ATM.

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

4. In "Dying Accents," what is the name of the man who does carpentry around the Bryson house?
(a) Walt.
(b) Darryl.
(c) Darby.
(d) Bob.

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

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

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 it is smaller than Canada.
(d) That so much of the country is empty of people.

8. Why does Bill prefer the post offices in the U.S. to the ones in Britain?
(a) The U.S. post offices only deal with mail.
(b) The buildings are clean and new.
(c) Each town has one.
(d) The U.S. postal charges are very low.

9. According to Bryson, why did a store in Michigan win a case brought against them by a customer?
(a) It had a really good lawyer.
(b) The store had a right to protect itself from shoplifting
(c) The customer had a history of suing every business in town.
(d) The store had a right to hire armed guards

10. What British sport does Bill find dull but restful?
(a) Rounders.
(b) Soccer.
(c) Cricket.
(d) Polo.

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

12. 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 half.
(c) By 10%.
(d) By two times.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Bill know so much about motels?

2. According to Bill, what product do Americans regard much differently than the British?

3. What event in America is starting up as Bill begins writing his columns for his British audience?

4. What does Bill say is a strange feature of their car?

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

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