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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. According to Bill, what is the outstanding quality of Americans?
(a) Their friendliness.
(b) Their ambition.
(c) Their business sense.
(d) Their sense of humor.

2. What does Bryson say about American gardens?
(a) They are mostly weeds.
(b) They are mostly lawn.
(c) They are mostly roses.
(d) They are mostly bushes.

3. In the twenty years since Bryson left the United States, by how much have car numbers, roads, and mileage increased?
(a) By two times.
(b) By 10%.
(c) By half.
(d) By 100%.

4. What do U.S. post offices do once a year that Bill likes a lot?
(a) Give out door prizes.
(b) Have a charity softball game.
(c) Give customers free donuts, pastries, and coffee.
(d) Give customers free stamps.

5. What is Bill's wife's reaction to his new American haircut?
(a) She says she wants to send their sons there, too.
(b) She loves it.
(c) She bursts into tears.
(d) She says he must have said something to upset the barber.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "Room Service," what does Bill say the Motel Inn in California is famous for?

2. What trait does Bill admit that he has in regards to simple everyday activities?

3. What particular product in American supermarkets fascinates Bill?

4. In "The Risk Factor," what does Bryson say an American is twice as likely to do as a British person?

5. What part of the house does Bill regard as delightful and pretty much the same in every American household?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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"?

2. What does Bryson say about regional accents in America in the 1990s in "Dying Accents"?

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. In "How to Have Fun at Home,"which household conveniences are high on Bill's approval list? Why?

6. Why does Bryson hate calling the computer helpline, as he outlines in "Help!"? How does he react to hotlines in general?

7. 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?

8. In "Mail Call," what points does Bryson bring up to compare American post offices and British post offices? Why does he prefer American post offices?

9. "The Cupholder Revolution" details the proliferation of cupholders. What does Bryson have to say about them?

10. In "Design Flaws" Bryson compares running shoes and his computer keyboard. What does he say about each one?

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