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Bill Bryson
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who was President of the United States when Bryson was born?
(a) Harry Truman.
(b) Dwight Eisenhower.
(c) John F. Kennedy.
(d) Richard Nixon.

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

3. Why did Bryson hate going to the dentist?
(a) He did not use Novocaine.
(b) He had a mean nurse.
(c) He was too slow.
(d) He had bad breath.

4. Why did Bryson think that Sunday mornings were too long?
(a) He wasn't allowed to sleep in.
(b) He had to go to church.
(c) He had to do his paper route.
(d) He waited for the TV programs to start.

5. What was Bryson's father's job at the publication?
(a) Managing editor.
(b) Photographer.
(c) Sports writer.
(d) Typesetter.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Bryson's parents tell him his mother was doing when he came upon them having sex one afternoon?

2. In what year was Bryson born?

3. What was one of the few things that was really exciting for Bryson?

4. What were Bryson's three uncles called?

5. For what characteristic was Bryson's father known?

Short Essay Questions

1. What sorts of things did Bryson and other kids do to help pass the long days?

2. What was the only real danger in town and how did the Thunderbolt Kid take care of the situation?

3. How did Bryson get some insight into sex?

4. What form of exercise did Bryson's father like to practice and what was an unusual location for his exercise routine?

5. Who was The Thunderbolt Kid?

6. What other accessories did Bryson need to become the Thunderbolt Kid?

7. Describe a typical experience of Bryson's family stopping to see his mother's family every time they went on vacation.

8. What was the ritual Bryson had with his mother every Friday evening?

9. Who was the one girl that all the neighborhood boys wanted to see naked and how did Bryson miss out on this momentous occasion?

10. What particular times were especially long for kids?

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