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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is one activity that Bill is happy to return to in America?
(a) Football.
(b) Baseball.
(c) Paying taxes.
(d) Shopping.

2. According to Bryson in "Why No One Walks," how far does the average American walk in a day?
(a) About half a mile.
(b) About two miles.
(c) About 350 yards.
(d) About a mile.

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

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

5. What does Bryson think is sad about how things are changing in modern Vermont?
(a) The weather is warming up.
(b) Pollution is increasing.
(c) More people now are born outside the state.
(d) There are too many Canadians there.

Short Answer Questions

1. Bryson likes his privacy. Where does he especially find there is a lack of privacy in America?

2. What does Bill discuss at the beginning of his essay on design flaws?

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

4. What does Bill like about having a college as part of he town he lives in?

5. What does Bill say is ridiculous about a VCR?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "The Inefficiency Report," Bryson says "Our subject today is large-scale incompetence in my native land." Give some examples of what he believes are areas of incompetence in 1990s America.

2. How does Bryson compare late television in the U.S. to late time television in Britain in his "Drug Culture"? What does he say about the American approach to over-the-counter medicine from watching commercials for these products?

3. Bryson has a nostalgic look at motels in "Room Service." How does he compare and contrast older motels with those of the mid 1990's?

4. What does Bryson, who admits he "is no stranger to sloth," say about the walking habits of Americans in Essay 26, "Why No One Walks"?

5. Why does Bryson find going to a restaurant in the United States so difficult, as expressed in "What's Cooking"? How does he address the issue of the many varieties of food out there?

6. In "On the Hotline," how does dental floss become the topic of this essay? What is the outcome of Bryson's reading the fine print on his floss packaging?

7. Bryson finds the lack of privacy in America to be a problem. List three examples of this problem that he cites in "Snoopers at Work."

8. What information about household accidents in America does Bryson give the reader in "Well, Doctor. I was Just Trying to Lie Down..."? Where did he find his information?

9. In "The War on Drugs," what examples does Bryson give to prove his belief about American drug laws being unfair?

10. In "Rule Number 1: Follow All Rules,"what does Bryson use as an example of a rule that must be followed in America? How does he compare the devotion to order in the U.S. and Britain?

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