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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. At whose house was Bryson playing when he broke the body part in #133?
(a) Arthur Bergen's.
(b) Buddy Miller's.
(c) Duke Collins'.
(d) Eddie Corcoran's.

2. What was the name of the broken down amusement park?
(a) Lakeside.
(b) Fantasy Farm.
(c) Riverview.
(d) Americana.

3. Where was Bryson sent quite a bit as punishment?
(a) The Principal's office.
(b) Home.
(c) The cloakroom.
(d) The AV room.

4. Which friend joined the military and died during the first Gulf War?
(a) Stephen Katz.
(b) Jed Mattes.
(c) Milton Milton.
(d) Doug Willoughby.

5. Which friend went to college in California?
(a) Jed Mattes.
(b) Milton Milton.
(c) Buddy Doberman.
(d) Chuck Morrison.

Short Answer Questions

1. What eroded the sense of security for people in the 1950s?

2. None of the rides at the amusement park in #145 had ____________.

3. What subject did Bryson especially like?

4. Even though the year in #157 was a happy one, who was still excluded from many places in America?

5. What was the landscape like in the area where Bryson's grandparents lived?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the situation in which Bryson realized he could not trust adults.

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

4. Describe the Audio Visual Club and why the boys were anxious to join.

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

6. What were some of the unpleasant issues Americans faced in 1957 even though the Gallup organization claimed it was a very happy year?

7. What were the weather extremes in Winfield?

8. How did the Bryson family end up staying in a hotel in Harlem?

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

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

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