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 sport did Bryson make fun of in the book?

2. What is the largest city in Australia?

3. The southeastern edge of Australia where the four largest cites are located is called __________________.

4. Bryson was often _____________ in the natural environments of Australia.

5. What is Trevor Ray Hart's profession?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did early European explorers think Australia was when they saw it or landed on it?

2. Describe Bryson's trip east from Adelaide to Melbourne.

3. How did Bryson blend history and current interest in this book?

4. To what city had Melbourne lost ranking and commercial success?

5. How did Canberra come to be the capital of Australia?

6. How did Bryson find Adelaide to be in spite of what the locals said about it?

7. To what did Bryson compare the lush Barossa Valley?

8. What national tragedy and embarrassment occurred at Cheviot Beach in 1967?

9. How did Bryson and Hart travel through the desert and what historical thoughts did Bryson provide the reader during this time?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What was Bryson's typical daily itinerary when he reached a city? Plot out a typical day. What were finite elements in Bryson's days? What variables entered into Bryson's schedule? Do you think this was a smart way to plan his time? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Bryson's writing style. How is he different from other writers of his time? What are some of his characteristic writing techniques? Identify some examples of his classic style in this book.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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