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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 the girl in Bryson's neighborhood that everyone wanted to see naked?
(a) Susie MacKenzie.
(b) Mary O'Leary.
(c) Carolyn Westfall.
(d) Cheryl Meyers.

2. What did boys charge other boys for once they discovered them?
(a) Holes in walls where undressed women could be seen.
(b) X-rated movies.
(c) Porn magazines.
(d) Risque postcards.

3. In what ocean is the Eniwetok atoll located?
(a) Arctic.
(b) Indian.
(c) Pacific.
(d) Atlantic.

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

5. What was the repercussion of underground bomb tests?
(a) Sunken mines.
(b) Huge craters.
(c) Earthquakes.
(d) Destroyed phone lines.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Bryson, Buddy and Bill do to the Lincoln Logs to turn them white?

2. What was the name of the store where Bryson bought penny candy?

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

4. What word was not allowed on television in the 1950s?

5. What did Bryson and his buddies do the girlie magazine's he found in his father's closet?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What were some of the regulations about sex in the 1950s?

3. How did Bryson get some insight into sex?

4. How easy was it for Bryson to find somebody to play with?

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

6. What behaviors did teenagers exhibit in the 1950s?

7. What was Bryson's notion of how slowly time passed for kids?

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

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

10. Who was The Thunderbolt Kid?

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