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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 did Bryson think his real father must have been?
(a) King Volton.
(b) Spiderman.
(c) Superman.
(d) Green Hornet.

2. How did Bryson injure his head when he was ten-years-old?
(a) Got hit with a rock.
(b) Fell off his bike.
(c) Playing football.
(d) A car accident.

3. In what year did the movie in #73 come out?
(a) 1945.
(b) 1960.
(c) 1971.
(d) 1957.

4. What were household buying more than one of in the 1950s?
(a) Bicycles.
(b) Cars.
(c) Time Shares.
(d) Houses.

5. What was it about Bryson's Thunderbolt Kid outfit that caused laughter from the other kids?
(a) He didn't wear any pants.
(b) He wore his underpants over his jeans.
(c) He had orange wings.
(d) He wore black socks and sandals.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Bryson think that Sunday mornings were too long?

2. For what publication did Bryson's father work?

3. Where did Bryson and his mother go for pie after the movies?

4. What was a household item that people were buying in the 1950s?

5. What were Bryson's three uncles called?

Short Essay Questions

1. How many siblings did Bryson have?

2. What particular times were especially long for kids?

3. Name some of the things that showed that life was simpler and safer in the 1950s.

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

5. What was Bryson's mother's main personality quirk?

6. What were the results on children of the U.S. bomb testings and what happened when the tests were moved underground?

7. How did Bryson get some insight into sex?

8. How did Bryson describe Des Moines and the area of the city where he lived?

9. Where did Bryson's father work and what were some of the perks of the job?

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

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