The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid Test | Final 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 were Bryson's favorite books?

2. Discoveries about his parents' successes made Bryson revise the story of _____________.

3. Which friend got Bryson into the strippers' tent?

4. What game did the person in #152 introduce Bryson to?

5. What did Bryson threaten to do to Bryson when he saw the amount of absences on his report cards?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Bryson's opinion of staying in Des Moines versus moving to a bigger city?

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

3. How did the very long winter season impact the school children?

4. What did Bryson learn about his parents that pleased him and how did this change his views of his real parentage?

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

6. What changes were occurring in Des Moines as the 1950s came to a close?

7. For what was Bryson most notorious in high school and what did he do after graduation?

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

9. What happened to The Thunderbolt Kid's sacred jersey?

10. The Iowa State Fair had many attractions but what did boys hope to see the most?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are several events of foreshadowing in the stories. Define foreshadowing. Cite at least two situations in the stories that serve as foreshadowing.

Essay Topic 2

Bryson wrote the book with an overall theme of a simpler life. Choose three situations from any of the stories and explain the uncomplicated life in each. How did Bryson view this simple life at the time? How did he view them as an adult?

Essay Topic 3

What is the point of view of this book? Why did Bryson use this point of view? Is it the only way the book could have realistically been written? How else could Bryson have used point of view to alter the rhythm of the book? Explain.

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