The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Bill Bryson
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Bryson and his friends make a little neighborhood kid eat once as an experiment?

2. What magazine offered men and boys the chance to see naked women?

3. In what month was Bryson born?

4. Who created the first television dinners?

5. What was the name of the novelty and joke store Bryson used to frequent?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What importance did comic books have in the lives of Bryson and most other kids in the 1950s?

4. Describe the events at the lake and why this was one of the best days of Bryson's life?

5. What was the ritual Bryson had with his mother every Friday evening?

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

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


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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a character study of Bryson's parents. What were their physical characteristics? What were their motivations? What were their fears? What were their dreams? What else can you say about Bryson's parents?

Essay Topic 2

Create a character study of Bryson. What were his physical characteristics? What were his motivations? What were his fears? What were his dreams? What else can you say about Bryson?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Bryson's writing style. How is he different from other writers of his time? What are some of his characteristic writing techniques? Identify some examples of his classic style in this book.

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