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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 does Bill say is a strange feature of their car?
(a) There is an indentation on the dashboard with no obvious use.
(b) The steering wheel is heated.
(c) It has no cup holders.
(d) It dispenses ice.
2. In "How to Have Fun at Home," why does Bill think having your groceries bagged for you is not so great?
(a) He has to tip the bagger.
(b) He has to make conversation with the bagger.
(c) It makes him feel lazy.
(d) It doesn't buy him any quality time.
3. Where do Bill and his wife go to celebrate their anniversary?
(a) To an expensive inn in Massachusetts.
(b) To a spa in Connecticut.
(c) To a fancy restaurant in Vermont.
(d) To a ski resort in Quebec.
4. Bryson says that 94% of Americans' trips from home involve the use of something in particular. What is that item?
(a) A credit card.
(b) A car.
(c) A snack.
(d) A cell phone.
5. After living in Britain for twenty years, what does Bill find refreshingly different about the United States?
(a) The weather.
(b) The fashions.
(c) The government.
(d) The informality.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does Bill feel when he goes to a barbershop?
2. According to Bill, what product do Americans regard much differently than the British?
3. Bryson nostalgically describes the movie theater where he grew up. Where is his home town?
4. What does Bill say about his hair?
5. What mistake did Bill make that made him realize that he, along with many others, needs product guidance?
Short Essay Questions
1. What comparison does Bryson make between American baseball and English cricket in "Take Me Out to the Ballpark"?
2. In "How to Have Fun at Home,"which household conveniences are high on Bill's approval list? Why?
3. Why does Bryson hate calling the computer helpline, as he outlines in "Help!"? How does he react to hotlines in general?
4. Summarize Bryson's trip to the supermarket in "Junk-Food Heaven." Include why he went shopping in the first place, what he saw at the store, and what was the ultimate outcome of that trip.
5. In "Coming Home" Bryson says he is "gamely assessing" the concept of not being able to go home again. What circumstances took him away from the United States in the 1970s? How did he spend the following two decades in England? What is his reaction on returning to the United States in 1996?
6. What does Bryson say about regional accents in America in the 1990s in "Dying Accents"?
7. 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?
8. 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.
9. In "The Risk Factor," how does Bryson explain that the average American is twice as likely to die accidentally as the average Briton?
10. How does Bryson support his statement that summer movies "have become so dumb, so very, very dumb" (Essay "Lost at the Movies")?
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