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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. While in Columbus, what does Bryson realize about his journey?
(a) He will never find the perfect town.
(b) He has more time than he needs.
(c) He doesn't care enough about America.
(d) He can't ever go home again.

2. Why does Bryson rename the eerie town "Dullard"?
(a) Because it is its real name.
(b) He thought the actual name didn't reflect the town.
(c) The town was founded by a man named "Dullard."
(d) To avoid confrontation from the people for his criticism.

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

4. In Tennessee, what does Bryson observe about the weather?
(a) It's much colder.
(b) It's much hotter.
(c) It might rain.
(d) He didn't notice any change.

5. What does Bryson tell the waitress he has just gotten out of prison for?
(a) Killing a pushy waitress.
(b) Killing a farmer.
(c) Robbing a restaurant.
(d) Poisoning customers.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Bryson's generalization, where will people from Des Moines work?

2. What thought comforts Bryson about the pushy seniors at the "Little White House"?

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

4. Why were Bryson's family vacations always so dingy?

5. The Dullard barmaid has "ready for sex written all over her face but better bring a _____ written all over her body."

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Bryson feel about signs and billboards?

2. What is the most fun Bryson can have in Carbondale?

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

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

5. What are Bryson's feelings about Mississippi? Why does he feel this way?

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

7. Does Bryson view his grandparents critically or endearingly? How does he portray them?

8. What effect does Bryson's visit to Ripley's Believe It Or Not museum have on him?

9. Do people ever get out of Des Moines, according to Bryson? Why or why not?

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

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