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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. In "The Great Indoors," what does Bryson say people in America have developed a dislike of?
(a) Law and order.
(c) Fresh air.
(d) Multi-grain bread.
2. What does Bryson do in the section called "Life's Mysteries"?
(a) Wonders why the English act the way they do.
(b) Answers questions about things most people don't understand.
(c) Talks about unsolved murder cases in New Hampshire.
(d) Asks questions about things he doesn't understand.
3. In regards to his son's university education, what is Bryson so shocked about?
(a) How easy it is to get in.
(b) How heavy the workload is for undergraduates.
(c) The cost of it.
(d) That his son would live in a co-ed dorm.
4. What do New Englanders call the tourists who come to New England in the fall?
(a) Tree crazies.
(b) Tree huggers.
(c) Leaf peepers.
(d) Leaf lovers.
5. What is Bryson's observations on the conveniences of life in America in the 1990s?
(a) He wishes England had more conveniences.
(b) They need to be banned.
(c) They are not necessarily better, but people think they are.
(d) They are the best improvement he came home to.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Bryson say about New England in "Fall in New England"?
2. According to Bryson, what is the result of the "abundance of choice" in America?
3. How much energy does Bryson say the average American uses compared to the average European?
4. In "The Flying Nightmare," what job does Bryson say his father had?
5. In "How to Rent a Car," what does Bryson find especially frustrating about the process?
Short Essay Questions
1. In "Hail to the Chief," Bryson looks at the American holiday of Presidents Day. Give three points about the day that Bryson mentions.
2. "The Myteries of Christmas" compares American Christmases and English Christmases. How does Bryson compare the two holidays?
3. In "So Sue Me," what does Bryson say about American lawyers?
4. Bryson looks at obesity in "The Fat of the Land." Name three statistics he mentions in relation to obesity.
5. In "A Day at the Seaside," what does Mrs. Bryson suggest the family do? How does Bill react to this?
6. 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?
7. "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?
8. "Book Tours", Bryson talks about his fondness for book tours. Why does he like them?
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 "Life's Mysteries," Bryson lists a very large number of things that he doesn't understand. What are four of these things?
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