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

2. Why does Bill feel going to a restaurant is a discouraging experience?
(a) He's a vegan.
(b) He manages to antagonize the waitress.
(c) He's a picky eater.
(d) He hates the high prices.

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

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

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

6. Why does Bryson think the cupholder revolution is a bit strange?
(a) People shouldn't be drinking and driving.
(b) The car makers should make better cars and forget the cupholders.
(c) Some cars have way more cupholders than capacity for passengers.
(d) Americans are spoiled and want every little convenience.

7. Bryson finds summer blockbuster movies annoying, but what does he have a real problem with?
(a) The behavior of children at the movie.
(b) The large cinema complexes.
(c) The cost of popcorn.
(d) The cost of admission.

8. What does Bryson find amazing about the geography of the United States?
(a) That it is smaller than Canada.
(b) That the United States has no Arctic region.
(c) That there is very little variety.
(d) That so much of the country is empty of people.

9. What particular product in American supermarkets fascinates Bill?
(a) Laundry soap.
(b) Pet food.
(c) Meat.
(d) Cereal.

10. When Bill phones the computer hotline to ask for help, what information do they ask him for first?
(a) His date of birth.
(b) His address.
(c) His Social Security number.
(d) The computer's serial number.

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

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

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

14. What does Bill say is a big improvement in America concerning business phone numbers?
(a) They are only four-digits.
(b) The 1-800 numbers are easy to remember.
(c) Business calls cannot be made into people's homes.
(d) They are preprogrammed on everyone's phone.

15. Why does Bryson have an issue with the Internet?
(a) People can glean personal information about others.
(b) It's making people anti-social.
(c) It's unreliable.
(d) It's expensive.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the town of Laconia, New Hampshire, have to do about its new sidewalks and benches in its town center?

2. Why did Bill decide to write "Friendly People?"

3. Why does Bill prefer the post offices in the U.S. to the ones in Britain?

4. In "Why Everyone is Worried," which federal agency is not doing a very good job, according to Bryson?

5. In "How to Have Fun at Home," why does Bill think having your groceries bagged for you is not so great?

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