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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 Bryson's opinion about most American lawyers, according to "So Sue Me"?
(a) They know the legal system very well.
(b) They are honest.
(c) They overcharge for everything.
(d) They know very little about the legal system.
2. When Bryson had his first book published, what did his publisher send him to?
(a) A resort to recover from his first book tour.
(b) A course in media training.
(c) A speech coach to get rid of his accent.
(d) The largest book store in New York for a book signing.
3. What does Bryson say about the long trip and back to take his son to college?
(a) It was quick.
(b) It was sad.
(c) Travelling by car is one of his favorite things.
(d) Travelling on American highways is dull.
4. What February holiday does Bryson say is new to him on his return to the United States?
(a) Groundhog Day.
(b) President's Day.
(c) Family Day.
(d) Valentine's Day.
5. How many "new" consumer products does Bryson say are launched every year in the United States?
(a) 2 million.
Short Answer Questions
1. Which American business name mystifies Bryson?
2. Which American tourist attraction does Bryson describe as a "Total Indoor Environment"?
3. How much energy does Bryson say the average American uses compared to the average European?
4. What does Bryson hate about Christmas?
5. What does Bryson say Americans are very resistant to in the field of energy?
Short Essay Questions
1. "Book Tours", Bryson talks about his fondness for book tours. Why does he like them?
2. Find three examples from "The Great Indoors" that Bryson cites as reasons he thinks Americans spend too much time indoors.
3. "The Best American Holiday," Bryson explains why he loves Thanksgiving so much. List three things that he enthuses about the holiday.
4. Bryson explains the joys of living in a snowy climate in "Fun in the Snow." How does he give the reader the impression that he is not a natural athlete?
5. "Highway Diversions" is Bryson's look at highway travel, which he says is very dull. How does he compare modern highway travel to the highway travel of his youth?
6. In "A Day at the Seaside," what does Mrs. Bryson suggest the family do? How does Bill react to this?
7. In "On Losing a Son," what does Bryson say his main activities are as a father sending his son off to college?
8. In "In Praise of Diners," Bryson talks about an old American institution that has almost disappeared, the diner restaurant. List at least three things he tells the readers about diners.
9. In "The Wasteland," what is Bryson criticizing? Name three points of his criticism.
10. In "Enough Already," Bryson says there is just too much of everything in America (except time, money, good plumbers, and polite people). What examples does he give to back this up? Why does he think it is not a good thing?
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