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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Bill miss about television in Britain?
2. What does Bill say is ridiculous about a VCR?
3. What mistake did Bill make that made him realize that he, along with many others, needs product guidance?
4. How do 40,000 Americans die a year, according to Bryson?
5. Bryson nostalgically describes the movie theater where he grew up. Where is his home town?
Short Essay Questions
1. In "The Risk Factor," how does Bryson explain that the average American is twice as likely to die accidentally as the average Briton?
2. "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?
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. Why does Bryson find going to a restaurant in the United States so difficult, as expressed in "What's Cooking"? How does he address the issue of the many varieties of food out there?
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. What does Bryson say about regional accents in America in the 1990s in "Dying Accents"?
7. Bryson calls America "the ultimate shopping paradise" in "Consuming Pleasures." How does he support this statement?
8. 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?
9. 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."
10. How does Bryson support his statement that summer movies "have become so dumb, so very, very dumb" (Essay "Lost at the Movies")?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Humor is an element of memoir writing that is often employed by authors. Why is it used? How can it enhance a memoir? What two types of humor does Bryson use in "I'm a Stranger Here Myself"? Give four examples of Bill Bryson's use of humor where you feel the pace and the theme of "I'm a Stranger Here Myself" has been enhanced by its use.
Essay Topic 2
Define "creative nonfiction" and explain how it applies to "I'm a Stranger Here Myself." Explain how the book differs from traditional nonfiction with supporting arguments. Explain how it differs from fiction with supporting arguments.
Essay Topic 3
What are some techniques Bill Bryson uses to make the real events of his life back in the United States come alive? Illustrate with one or two examples for each technique.
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