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Bill Bryson
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What could take Bryson a whole morning to do on the weekends?
(a) Cleaning his room.
(b) Mowing the lawn.
(c) Lacing his shoes properly.
(d) Sweeping the garage.

2. How did life in the 1950s make people feel?
(a) They lived as if there were no tomorrow.
(b) Everything was good.
(c) They were scared of another war.
(d) Danger lurked around every corner.

3. Which state did the U.S. use as a test site?
(a) Montana.
(b) Utah.
(c) Nevada.
(d) South Dakota.

4. For what characteristic was Bryson's father known?
(a) He was a great bowler.
(b) He was cheap.
(c) He was a great dancer.
(d) He was artistic.

5. Why could men and boys not see the magazine in #78?
(a) It was illegal to buy it.
(b) Their wives would kill them.
(c) It was embarrassing to ask for it.
(d) It was too expensive.

6. Where could Bryson sneak a peek at the magazine in #78?
(a) The pharmacy.
(b) The trunk of the car.
(c) A drawer in the garage.
(d) His father's dresser drawer.

7. What was outlawed in almost every state?
(a) Various sexual acts.
(b) Lite beer.
(c) Champagne.
(d) Panty raids.

8. In what state did the military begin testing atomic bombs?
(a) Montana.
(b) Utah.
(c) Arizona.
(d) Nevada.

9. What magazine offered men and boys the chance to see naked women?
(a) Oui.
(b) Cabaret.
(c) Playboy.
(d) Maxim.

10. Who led a movement in trying to identify the element in #95?
(a) Merv Griffen.
(b) Joseph McCarthy.
(c) George McGovern.
(d) Hubert Humphrey.

11. Who was a person Bryson got to meet on one of these trips with his father?
(a) Lyndon Johnson.
(b) Ed Sullivan.
(c) Captain Kangaroo.
(d) Willie Mays.

12. Where did Bryson get to accompany his father on business-related trips?
(a) Major League ballgames.
(b) Business openings.
(c) Printing plants.
(d) Museums.

13. Who was the doctor who made a house call to tend to Bryson's head injury?
(a) Dr. Morton.
(b) Dr. Bigelow.
(c) Dr. Kerrigan.
(d) Dr. Alzheimer.

14. What was the area set apart in the grocery where kids could read while their parents shopped?
(a) Little Shoppers.
(b) Little Library.
(c) Kiddie Corral.
(d) Tot Shop.

15. How many children under the age of 12 were living in the mid-1950s in America?
(a) 32 million.
(b) 123 million.
(c) 903,000.
(d) 7 million.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was an insect that rose from the ground and could fly up someone's shorts?

2. The hydrogen bomb could have ignited all the ____________ in the world.

3. What were household buying more than one of in the 1950s?

4. What did Bryson and his friends make a little neighborhood kid eat once as an experiment?

5. What did boys charge other boys for once they discovered them?

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