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 was the one constant in the potluck suppers in town?

2. In what year did the Thunderbolt Kid's sacred jersey meet its fate?

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

4. Research in the late 1950s indicated that ___________ caused cancer.

5. Students at the high school became preoccupied with _____________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was Dewey and how did he impact Bryson's job?

2. What did Bryson buy with his newspaper route money and what other interest did he develop at this time?

3. Describe Riverview Amusement Park and why Bryson thought it was so awful.

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

5. What were the circumstances when, for the second time, Bryson realized that adults could not be trusted?

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

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

8. What were the weather extremes in Winfield?

9. Describe the events surrounding Bryson's finally getting into the strippers' tent at the state fair.

10. What were Bryson's favorite books in school and why did he like them?

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

Explain Bryson's childhood growing up in Des Moines, Iowa, in the 1950s. What was his family life like? Who were his friends? What were his school experiences? How did these people and experiences form him into the adult he became?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the significance of the book's title--THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE THUNDERBOLT KID. Why did Bryson choose this title? Is there an understood message in the title? Is there another title you can suggest that might also be appropriate?

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