The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Bryson and other boys especially look forward to at the venue in #147?
(a) The shooting gallery.
(b) The dunk 'em booth.
(c) The strippers' tent.
(d) The horse races.

2. What did Bryson say about the Des Moines of his youth?
(a) In most cases, it was no longer there.
(b) It has grown so much it was unrecognizable.
(c) It was really deteriorated.
(d) It was just the same as it always was.

3. Who did Bryson say was the smartest person he ever met?
(a) Scooter Jones.
(b) Chuck Morrison.
(c) Eddie Franklin.
(d) Doug Willoughby.

4. None of the rides at the amusement park in #145 had ____________.
(a) seat belts.
(b) music.
(c) timers.
(d) lights.

5. Why were all the students so sleepy in school?
(a) It was too hot inside.
(b) They ate big lunches.
(c) It was really boring.
(d) They had to get up too early.

6. Which friend became Bryson's literary agent?
(a) Stephen Katz.
(b) Jed Mattes.
(c) Milton Milton.
(d) Doug Willoughby.

7. What item at school did Bryson like for its intoxicating scent?
(a) Floor was.
(b) Chalk.
(c) Memeograph paper.
(d) Lemon cleanser.

8. What was the name of Bryson's elementary school?
(a) The Baker Academy.
(b) Woodland Heights.
(c) George Washington Elementary.
(d) Greenwood.

9. What was the name of the broken down amusement park?
(a) Riverview.
(b) Lakeside.
(c) Americana.
(d) Fantasy Farm.

10. Who was the friend who introduced Bryson to the finer things in life?
(a) James Hall.
(b) Jeremy Miller.
(c) Jed Mattes.
(d) Jared Clark.

11. Which friend appeared in Bryson's book, A WALK IN THE WOODS?
(a) Doug Willoughby.
(b) Chuck Morrison.
(c) Milton Milton.
(d) Stephen Katz.

12. Discoveries about his parents' successes made Bryson revise the story of _____________.
(a) his school days.
(b) their courtship.
(c) his parentage.
(d) his achievements.

13. Why did Bryson and his friends play inside most of the time?
(a) There was more to do inside.
(b) They watched TV all the time.
(c) It was almost always winter.
(d) It was too hot to stay outside.

14. Which friend went to college in California?
(a) Chuck Morrison.
(b) Jed Mattes.
(c) Buddy Doberman.
(d) Milton Milton.

15. What quality hindered Bryson in his work?
(a) Tardiness.
(b) Inaccuracy.
(c) Absentmindedness.
(d) Laziness.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where were the students supposed to go during the exercise in #107?

2. What was Bill's reaction after the Cuban Missile Crisis?

3. Students at the high school became preoccupied with _____________.

4. What job did Bryson have during the 1950s and 1960s?

5. Where was Bryson sent quite a bit as punishment?

(see the answer keys)

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