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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. What did Bryson say was a myth about childhood?
(a) Any Christmas gift is the best.
(b) Time goes by fast.
(c) Every day is an adventure.
(d) Every birthday is happy.

2. What kind of kit did Bryson get for Christmas one year that was disappointing?
(a) Artist kit.
(b) Erector set.
(c) Chemistry set.
(d) Doctor bag.

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

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

5. What super power did the Thunderbolt Kid use primarily?
(a) Ability to fly.
(b) X-ray vision.
(c) Ability to shoot lasers from his fingers.
(d) Ability to leap tall buildings.

Short Answer Questions

1. What publication did most boys need to rely on to seem partially clothed girls?

2. What was a popular spot for kids to play in in the 1950s?

3. Where did Bryson go on the outing with his friend and his family?

4. What craft looked like fun at first but ended up being messy and frustrating?

5. What was Bryson's father's job at the publication?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Where did Bryson go with his friend's family on a summer outing and why did he not look forward to it?

3. What businesses came about as the result of more cars in America?

4. What were some of the appliances that people in the 1950s were excited about owning?

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

6. What particular times were especially long for kids?

7. How many siblings did Bryson have?

8. What were some of the ways that boys could see glimpses of naked women?

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

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

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