Short Essay Questions Key
1. What is the premise of THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE THUNDERBOLT KID?
Bill Bryson traced his childhood in 1950s America, relating an all-American experience in Des Moines, Iowa. The work intertwined the events, people, and inventions that transformed America during the decade with Bryson's own experiences and thoughts.
2. Who was The Thunderbolt Kid?
Throughout, Bryson used his alter ego, the Thunderbolt Kid, and his humorous reminisces to illuminate the concerns, preoccupations, and joys of a nation and a young boy in Iowa.
3. What form of exercise did Bryson's father like to practice and what was an unusual location for his exercise routine?
Bryson's father liked to practice isometrics in the 1950s. He had a knack for practicing in airplanes. He would go to the back of the plane and would push against the outer wall of the airplane, looking like he was trying to put a hole in it or force his way out.
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