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. 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 is a shortage of them.
(c) There is 1 lawyer for every 1,000 people.
(d) There are more of them in the United States than the rest of the world put together.

2. In "Death Watch," what does Bryson dislike because they are "cold and bouncy and make odd noises."?
(a) Japanese cars.
(b) Frozen pizza rolls.
(c) Small planes.
(d) Snowmobiles.

3. What does Bryson say about the New England summers?
(a) They are too hot.
(b) They are dull and rainy.
(c) They are boring.
(d) They are short.

4. What is the main point Bryson is making in "Your Tax Form Explained"?
(a) It is easy to understand.
(b) That it is very confusing.
(c) Paying taxes is unavoidable.
(d) No one should try to fill out a tax return.

5. How much energy does Bryson say the average American uses compared to the average European?
(a) Half as much.
(b) Twice as much.
(c) Just slightly more.
(d) Three times as much.

6. In "Drowning in Red Tape," what is Bryson frustrated about acquiring for his wife?
(a) Health insurance.
(b) The right to work in the US.
(c) A library card.
(d) Legal status in America.

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

8. What does Bryson say about New England in "Fall in New England"?
(a) The weather is too cold.
(b) For a couple of weeks, the colors are amazing.
(c) There are too many bugs.
(d) He's glad the kids are back in school.

9. Why does Bryson have to buy a whole new computer and fax system when he returns to the United States?
(a) The British have a different electrical system.
(b) All his electronics got lost on the way.
(c) He'd never owned a computer but now needed one for work.
(d) His kids were tired of using the family's 1980s model.

10. Who does Bryson say designed the snowmobile?
(a) His friend Danny Blanchflower.
(b) Joseph Armand Bombardier.
(c) Satan.
(d) Thomas Edison.

11. How did Bryson describe his first run on a snowmobile?
(a) As a waking nightmare.
(b) As awesome.
(c) As too slow for him.
(d) As a jolly good time.

12. How is "Your Tax Form Explained" structured?
(a) It is a mock tax instruction sheet.
(b) It is in a nonsense language.
(c) It runs backwards.
(d) It is the actual tax form Bryson submitted.

13. Why is Bryson not impressed with the spell checker on his computer?
(a) It often just does not work at all.
(b) It doesn't recognize nonstandard spelling.
(c) It only displays in red.
(d) It doesn't recognize surnames.

14. What movie is Bryson describing at the beginning of "The Wasteland"?
(a) Magnificent Obsession.
(b) The Brady Bunch.
(c) Avatar.
(d) Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

15. In "Enough Already," which item comes in 18 varieties in American supermarkets?
(a) Gum removal spray.
(b) Incontinence diapers.
(c) Milk.
(d) Veggie burgers.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the "Millennium Bug" about, in regards to computers?

2. In "On Losing a Son," why does Bryson decide to play baseball with his youngest child?

3. What does Bryson like to do when he picks up his mail on winter mornings?

4. How many "new" consumer products does Bryson say are launched every year in the United States?

5. In "The Great Indoors," what does Bryson say people in America have developed a dislike of?

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