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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. Why did Bryson think that Sunday mornings were too long?
2. Where did Bryson grow up?
3. What magazine offered men and boys the chance to see naked women?
4. Who was Bryson's friend who lived across the alley and had good toys?
5. Who was the friend that Bryson went on the outing with?
Short Essay Questions
1. How did Bryson describe Des Moines and the area of the city where he lived?
2. What was Bryson's mother's main personality quirk?
3. What other accessories did Bryson need to become the Thunderbolt Kid?
4. What was Bryson's notion of how slowly time passed for kids?
5. How did television change life for people in the 1950s?
6. What form of exercise did Bryson's father like to practice and what was an unusual location for his exercise routine?
7. How many siblings did Bryson have?
8. What were the results of the hydrogen bombs dropped by the United States in 1952 and 1954?
9. Where did Bryson's father work and what were some of the perks of the job?
10. What importance did comic books have in the lives of Bryson and most other kids in the 1950s?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Describe the format of the book. How does Bryson distinguish between current activity and flashbacks to his past? What is the difference is style and tone? Are the differentiations separated visually in any way? How did this improve your reading of this book?
Essay Topic 2
Bryson is masterful at crafting literary descriptions for his readers. Choose a paragraph from the book which you find especially descriptive. How do you think Bryson was able to craft it the way he did? What is so appealing to you about the passage? Explain.
Essay Topic 3
Humor takes on an almost human persona in this story. What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.
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