In a Sunburned Country Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Bill Bryson
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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 is the worst offender of species destroying or endangering much of Australia's flora and fauna?

2. Which of the following does Bryson spend some time discussing in the book?

3. What is the name of the first town where Bryson stopped on his train ride?

4. What country is this book about?

5. Early European explorers thought Australia was the size of __________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What makes Australia one of the world's most unique places?

2. What man was unwittingly responsible for the barren land surrounding the town of Hay?

3. What did Bryson claim to have done that few Australians have ever done?

4. How did Bryson spend his first day in Sydney?

5. What fun did Bryson have with the world's biggest lobster?

6. For what is Sydney's Circular Quay most famous?

7. After Thomas Austin's rabbit debacle, what immigrant animal is Australia's worst menace?

8. What was Bryson's standard itinerary while visiting cities and towns?

9. What is the nature and tone of Bryson's writing about his experiences in Australia?

10. What self deprecating behavior of Adelaide residents bothered Bryson?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the point of view of this book? Why did Bryson use this point of view? Is it the only way the book could have realistically been written? How else could Bryson have used point of view to alter the rhythm of the book? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Create a "character" sketch of the city of Alice Springs. What personality shines through for you for this city? Did Bryson make you want to learn more and perhaps visit one day? What would you most like to see? What is the one fact or interesting feature that you can recall about Alice Springs? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

One of the most striking characteristics of Bryson's writing is his complete honesty. Explain why this is necessary to complete a book of this nature. Would a reader be able to see through fabrications and falsehoods in a book like this? Describe why this format is the perfect for Bryson's personality.

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