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Bill Bryson
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In contrast to Britain, Bryson finds that Iowa has ______ color.
(a) Hysterical.
(b) A lack of.
(c) A bland.
(d) Frightening.

2. What awes Bryson about Savannah?
(a) The intelligence of its students.
(b) The creative modern homes.
(c) The beauty of the historic distric.
(d) The simplicity of its roads.

3. In Oxford, what is the young woman trying to tell Bryson when she says "make the skyaya"?
(a) "You shouldn't be here."
(b) "Circle the square."
(c) "It's cold out, wear a coat."
(d) "Make the skis."

4. How did Bryson feel about Abe Lincoln's home when he was a boy?
(a) He didn't understand its importance.
(b) He found it boring.
(c) He was amazed by it.
(d) He never saw it.

5. Bryson declares that Tupelo is _______.
(a) Dull.
(b) Wonderful.
(c) Strange.
(d) Too small.

Short Answer Questions

1. Bryson and his siblings used to poke matches into apples or boiled eggs until they resembled a _______.

2. What would Bryson need in order to bring a souvenir home from Bryson City?

3. The Herman Talmadge Memorial Bridge "_____" Bryson into South Carolina.

4. What does Bryson claim is good about Des Moines in comparison the rest of Iowa?

5. After being the only white man in a restaurant in Alabama, Bryson feels _____ to get back on the highway.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was Abe Lincoln's home more fun for Bryson and his generation that it is for the youth of today?

2. Why does Bryson name the town "Dullard"?

3. What is the greatest barrier Bryson faces in southern towns?

4. How does Bryson feel about signs and billboards?

5. How is Tuskegee, AL a trip back in time for Bryson?

6. How does Auburn, AL prompt more of Bryson's criticisms of youth?

7. Why does Bryson draw ties to movies? How does this aid the narrative?

8. What was the effect of Bryson's "disturbed and erratic" childhood?

9. What inspired Bryson's trip?

10. Why is the south like a foreign country to Bryson?

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