The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-town America Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Bill Bryson
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Essay Topic 1

Bryson is more drawn to small towns rather than big cities. Discuss Bryson's stance and opinion on development in America.

Essay Topic 2

Bryson regularly points out instances of segregation and bigotry, yet has some biases himself. Discuss Bryson's stance on bigotry and how he defines it.

Essay Topic 3

Bryson is scathingly critical of many people and places he encounters throughout "Lost Continent." Discuss Bryson's critical nature: how does it impact our view of America? Why is he so critical?

Essay Topic 4

What initiated Bryson's urge to travel was his desire to "be somewhere." However, what inspired this trip was tied to the death of his father and his desire to revisit youth. Discuss Bryson's complex relationship with home.

Essay Topic 5

Bryson expressed his objective of returning to the land of his youth at the beginning of the book. Discuss Bryson's successes or failures in his objective...

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