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 boys charge other boys for once they discovered them?

2. America was at war with ____________ when Bryson was born.

3. By 1958, the average child in the United States carried ten times more _______________ than the year before.

4. Why did Bryson think he would never get to visit the location in #55?

5. Where could Bryson sneak a peek at the magazine in #78?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the Thunderbolt Kid get his powers and what were the circumstances of the Thunderbolt Kid getting his costume?

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

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

4. What were some of the ways that boys could see glimpses of naked women?

5. Where did Bryson's father work and what were some of the perks of the job?

6. Name some of the things that showed that life was simpler and safer in the 1950s.

7. How many siblings did Bryson have?

8. What were the results on children of the U.S. bomb testings and what happened when the tests were moved underground?

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

10. What were the results of the hydrogen bombs dropped by the United States in 1952 and 1954?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a "character" sketch of the city of Des Moines. What personality shines through for you for this city? Did Bryson make you want to learn more and perhaps visit one day? What would you most like to see? What is the one fact or interesting feature that you can recall about Des Moines? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Why did Bryson choose to use the first person perspective for the stories? What does this point of view entail? What do you know about the characters and the plot lines that you would not know from a different point of view? What do you NOT know about the characters and plot lines based on this point of view?

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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