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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. The Dullard barmaid has "ready for sex written all over her face but better bring a _____ written all over her body."
(a) Bouquet of flowers.
(b) Fire extinguisher.
(c) Paper bag.
(d) Hamburger.

2. Bryson states that people who pass through Des Moines and stay for years are confused, but _____ in their decision.
(a) Hostile.
(b) Serene.
(c) Angry.
(d) Unaffected.

3. In Tupelo, which famous home does Bryson visit?
(a) Billy the Kid's.
(b) Jack London's.
(c) Elvis's.
(d) Doris Day's.

4. What part of Kentucky did Bryson pass through?
(a) The southern edge.
(b) The eastern corner.
(c) The center.
(d) The northern border.

5. Why doesn't Bryson go to Faulkner's home?
(a) Because it was closed.
(b) Because he's never read a Faulkner book.
(c) Because the entrance fee is too much.
(d) Because he hates Faulkner's writing.

Short Answer Questions

1. What annoys Bryson about all the signs in Beaufort?

2. While visiting Abe Lincoln's home-town, Bryson quickly becomes ______.

3. Bryson thinks the people of Dullard are looking at him with "________eyes."

4. Why does the Dullard barmaid compliment Bryson on his good English?

5. In Bryson's opinion, what don't farmers feel?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Bryson's expectations in revisiting his grandparents' home say about him?

2. How do the tourists in Warm Springs embody Bryson's dislikes?

3. What, in Bryson's opinion, is good about being from Des Moines?

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

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

6. What inspired Bryson's trip?

7. How does Bryson generalize towns from his youth?

8. What is disappointing about the Mississippi to Bryson?

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

10. Does Bryson have a conflicted relationship with North Carolina? What constitutes this relationship?

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