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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 Bryson say the reason might be for being bewildered with modern television?
(a) In the America of his youth, and in England, there were only 4 channels.
(b) His kids like to watch a lot of shows that are just junk.
(c) His eyesight and hearing are failing.
(d) He cannot follow the plot lines of the cop shows.

2. What does Bryson say about the long trip and back to take his son to college?
(a) It was sad.
(b) Travelling by car is one of his favorite things.
(c) Travelling on American highways is dull.
(d) It was quick.

3. In "The Waste Generation," what does Bryson think is getting worse in the United States, compared to his youth?
(a) Poverty.
(b) Crime.
(c) Global warming.
(d) Pollution.

4. Why does Bryson have to buy a whole new computer and fax system when he returns to the United States?
(a) His kids were tired of using the family's 1980s model.
(b) He'd never owned a computer but now needed one for work.
(c) All his electronics got lost on the way.
(d) The British have a different electrical system.

5. What is Bryson satirizing in "Your New Computer"?
(a) Computer salespeople.
(b) Computer stores.
(c) Computer manuals.
(d) Bill Gates.

Short Answer Questions

1. In regards to his son's university education, what is Bryson so shocked about?

2. What does Mrs. Bryson tell her husband about Maggie that cheers him up?

3. How many "new" consumer products does Bryson say are launched every year in the United States?

4. In "Drowning in Red Tape," what is Bryson frustrated about acquiring for his wife?

5. Why does Bryson say he never ultimately drove the rental car he needed at the Boston airport?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "A Day at the Seaside," what does Mrs. Bryson suggest the family do? How does Bill react to this?

2. In "Hail to the Chief," Bryson looks at the American holiday of Presidents Day. Give three points about the day that Bryson mentions.

3. In "Ah, Summer!" what does Bryson say he likes about summers in New Hampshire? How does he compare them to summers in Iowa?

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. 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.

6. "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?

7. In "Shopping Madness," Bryson says there is a discipline called "retail anthropology." What is it ? What are some of the things it studies?

8. 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?

9. In "On Losing a Son," what does Bryson say his main activities are as a father sending his son off to college?

10. In "So Sue Me," what does Bryson say about American lawyers?

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