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 was outlawed in almost every state?

2. What were household buying more than one of in the 1950s?

3. The hydrogen bomb could have ignited all the ____________ in the world.

4. Where did the radioactive ash from the bomb fall?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Bryson's mother's main personality quirk?

2. How did television change life for people in the 1950s?

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

4. What particular times were especially long for kids?

5. How did Bryson get some insight into sex?

6. How did Bryson describe Des Moines and the area of the city where he lived?

7. Describe the albino Lincoln Logs experience.

8. What was the only real danger in town and how did the Thunderbolt Kid take care of the situation?

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

10. What other accessories did Bryson need to become the Thunderbolt Kid?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Explain some of the examples of regionalism found in the book. Can regionalism include more than accents and food? What else encompasses the culture and personality of a region?

Essay Topic 3

One of the most striking characteristics of Bryson's writing is his complete honesty. Explain why this is necessary to complete a book of this nature. Would a reader be able to see through fabrications and falsehoods in a book like this? Describe why this format is the perfect for Bryson's personality.

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