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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 mistake did Bill make that made him realize that he, along with many others, needs product guidance?
(a) He bought some tobacco and then put it in the mailbox.
(b) He injured himself with his letter opener.
(c) He put his shoes on the wrong feet.
(d) He left his bank card in the ATM.

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

3. What does Bill say it would take over 31,000 years to do?
(a) Make the tax system fair.
(b) Pay off the national debt.
(c) Travel to Mars and back.
(d) Count a trillion dollars.

4. In "Why Everyone is Worried," which federal agency is not doing a very good job, according to Bryson?
(a) Administration on Aging.
(b) The FBI.
(c) The CIA.
(d) Homeland Security.

5. What does Bryson call the expression his wife wears when she is ready for serious gardening?
(a) Her Gatorade expression.
(b) Her Nike expression.
(c) Her Pepsi expression.
(d) Her Adidas expression.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do 40,000 Americans die a year, according to Bryson?

2. What does Bill say about his hair?

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

4. Where do Bill and his wife go to celebrate their anniversary?

5. What does Bill say is a big improvement in America concerning business phone numbers?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "The Numbers Game," Bryson expresses his amazement at the large numbers that are quoted by American government agencies. What does he say about the use of such large numbers?

2. 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."

3. 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"?

4. "Friendly People" begins with Mrs. Bryson telling Bill that all he did in his columns was make negative comments about the United States. He goes on to say there are a lot of things he likes about America. What are some of those things?

5. 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.

6. 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?

7. Bryson relates how his attitude to the informality and familiarity in American life seemed an irritant when he returned to the United States. For Essay 19, "Number Please," relate some of the ways he has encountered this informality in America.

8. In "The Risk Factor," how does Bryson explain that the average American is twice as likely to die accidentally as the average Briton?

9. "Tales of the North Woods" tells the reader something about the wilder side of New Hampshire, Bryson's new home state. What information does he share with the reader about the wilderness of New Hampshire?

10. In "A Visit to the Barbershop," how does Bryson convey that adjusting to the small town barbershop is difficult?

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