I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away Test | 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. What trait does Bill admit that he has in regards to simple everyday activities?
(a) He is clumsy.
(b) He is perfect at everything he does.
(c) He never forgets anything.
(d) He is absentminded.

2. 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 cannot find what he wants in the stores.
(d) He finds it very noisy.

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

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

5. What does Bill say is ridiculous about a VCR?
(a) It can record twelve months in advance.
(b) It is being replaced by a DVD player.
(c) It has no remote.
(d) It costs so much.

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

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

8. What event in America is starting up as Bill begins writing his columns for his British audience?
(a) The Summer Olympics.
(b) A Presidential Election Campaign.
(c) The World Series.
(d) The Stanley Cup Play-Offs.

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

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

11. 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.

12. What does Bill say about his hair?
(a) He wants to color the gray.
(b) He has "very happy" hair.
(c) He always covers it with a hat.
(d) He is losing it quickly.

13. What New Hampshire town did the Bryson family settle in during 1995?
(a) Concord.
(b) Manchester.
(c) Hanover.
(d) Colebrook.

14. In "Room Service," what does Bill say the Motel Inn in California is famous for?
(a) Being used in a lot of movies.
(b) Being built over buried treasure.
(c) Being the first to use the word "motel."
(d) Being owned by Zorro.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What do U.S. post offices do once a year that Bill likes a lot?

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

3. What mistake did Bill make that made him realize that he, along with many others, needs product guidance?

4. What does Bill tell the reader about crime in New Hampshire?

5. In "The Risk Factor," what does Bryson say an American is twice as likely to do as a British person?

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