I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away Test | Final 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 Bryson, what did people in the past do when they flew?
(a) Ate and drank through the whole flight.
(b) Bought insurance for every flight.
(c) Got sick a lot.
(d) Dressed up for it.

2. Bryson says there are three types of stores. The first is where you cannot get anyone to help you, and the second is full of clerks who will not leave you alone. What does he say about the third type?
(a) All the clerks have just started working there and do not know a thing.
(b) No matter what you ask about, they say it's in "aisle seven."
(c) The clerks spend all their time talking to each other.
(d) When you ask about something, the clerk has to ask the manager, who is never around.

3. According to Bryson, when was the first official Thanksgiving held in the United States?
(a) In October of 1640.
(b) In September of 1922.
(c) In August of 1863.
(d) In November of 1864.

4. What does Bryson hate about Christmas?
(a) The expense.
(b) Buying gifts.
(c) Getting the decorations out of the attic.
(d) The music.

5. What surprising statistic does Bryson share about the number of lawyers in America?
(a) There is 1 lawyer for every 1,000,000 people.
(b) There are more of them in the United States than the rest of the world put together.
(c) There is 1 lawyer for every 1,000 people.
(d) There is a shortage of them.

6. What is Bryson's observations on the conveniences of life in America in the 1990s?
(a) They need to be banned.
(b) They are the best improvement he came home to.
(c) They are not necessarily better, but people think they are.
(d) He wishes England had more conveniences.

7. According to Bryson, what does the Travel Industry Association of America say about shopping?
(a) Without it, the American economy would crash.
(b) The Grand Canyon needs a mall.
(c) It is the number one holiday activity of Americans.
(d) Americans should shop more, not less.

8. What does Bryson find the most "mind-numbing" feature of modern television?
(a) The commercial breaks.
(b) The same shows are shown over and over.
(c) There are too many so-called experts on too many talk shows.
(d) There are so many good programs and not enough time to watch them.

9. In regards to his son's university education, what is Bryson so shocked about?
(a) How heavy the workload is for undergraduates.
(b) The cost of it.
(c) That his son would live in a co-ed dorm.
(d) How easy it is to get in.

10. How was the first "drive-in" movie shown in New Jersey in the 1930's?
(a) On a school's outside wall.
(b) In a deserted baseball park.
(c) On Richard Hollingshead's garage door.
(d) In a tennis court.

11. What does Bryson say about computer energy consumption at the beginning of "The Waste Generation"?
(a) That computer manufacturers could fix the high consumption very easily.
(b) That a lot of energy is consumed by computers left on at night.
(c) That computer users need to be educated.
(d) That computer use should be restricted to a few hours a day.

12. What does Bryson do in the section called "Life's Mysteries"?
(a) Talks about unsolved murder cases in New Hampshire.
(b) Answers questions about things most people don't understand.
(c) Asks questions about things he doesn't understand.
(d) Wonders why the English act the way they do.

13. In "The Flying Nightmare," what job does Bryson say his father had?
(a) A sportswriter.
(b) A salesman.
(c) A singer.
(d) A pilot.

14. Bryson and his wife see their son off to a university. Where is the university?
(a) North Carolina.
(b) Ohio.
(c) California.
(d) Canada.

15. According to Bryson, what is the result of the "abundance of choice" in America?
(a) A lot of happy people.
(b) A lot of rich business owners.
(c) A lot of time wasted.
(d) A simple way of life.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Bryson have to buy a whole new computer and fax system when he returns to the United States?

2. What house feature does Bryson miss from his childhood?

3. Which American tourist attraction does Bryson describe as a "Total Indoor Environment"?

4. Where does Mrs. Bryson like to go in the summer that Bill can definitely live without?

5. In "The Best American Holiday," what does Bryson say about his mother?

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