I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Easy

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

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

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

4. Why doesn't Bryson like gardening with his wife?
(a) He has to do all the work.
(b) She expects him to garden for hours at a time.
(c) She is English and thus an expert gardener.
(d) She screams if she sees any insects.

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

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

7. What does Bryson say that all New Englanders do?
(a) Gamble.
(b) Get up early.
(c) Smoke.
(d) Talk a lot.

8. In "Consuming Pleasures," what does Bill say about shopping in America?
(a) You can buy almost anything.
(b) There is underproduction of goods.
(c) Everything must be bought in person.
(d) It is a boring and tedious activity.

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

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

11. 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) Each town has one.
(c) The U.S. postal charges are very low.
(d) The buildings are clean and new.

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

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

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

15. How does Bill know so much about motels?
(a) He belongs to a motel club.
(b) He used to own one.
(c) He has stayed at thousands.
(d) He is reading a book called "The Motel in America."

Short Answer Questions

1. When Bill phones the computer hotline to ask for help, what information do they ask him for first?

2. What disappeared in the north woods of New Hampshire in 1996 and was never found?

3. What is one activity that Bill is happy to return to in America?

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

5. According to Bryson, why did a store in Michigan win a case brought against them by a customer?

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