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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 club did Doug Willoughby take over?
(a) The Drama Club.
(b) The 4-H Club.
(c) The FFA Club.
(d) The Audio-Visual Club.

2. What was the landscape like in the area where Bryson's grandparents lived?
(a) Flat.
(b) Desert.
(c) Hilly.
(d) Mountainous.

3. What did Bryson discover about his mother from her college days?
(a) She was editor of the school newspaper.
(b) She was the National Honor Society president.
(c) She was an exchange student.
(d) She was prom queen.

4. 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.

5. The bedroom of the person in #152 looked like a _____________.
(a) laboratory.
(b) library.
(c) circus.
(d) arcade.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what year did the Thunderbolt Kid's sacred jersey meet its fate?

2. What kind of car did Bryson's father buy?

3. What were Bryson's favorite books?

4. What did Bryson decide that he liked better than the item in #116?

5. How old was Bryson when he broke the body part in #133?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Bryson and his friends do when they went to the movie matinees?

2. What did the adult Bryson recall about what happened to his parents and friends?

3. For what was Bryson most notorious in high school and what did he do after graduation?

4. What did the adult Bryson recall about the Des Moines of his youth?

5. Describe Riverview Amusement Park and why Bryson thought it was so awful.

6. What were the circumstances when, for the second time, Bryson realized that adults could not be trusted?

7. Who was Dewey and how did he impact Bryson's job?

8. What were Bryson's favorite books in school and why did he like them?

9. What was the irony of sending Bryson to the cloakroom as a punishment?

10. Describe the scenario of sleeping on his grandparents' sleeping porch in the winter.

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