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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. Why is Bryson concerned about Detroit?
(a) Their government is corrupt.
(b) There aren't enough doctors.
(c) It is a very violent city.
(d) They are bankrupt.

2. What does Bryson think the Smithsonian is lacking today?
(a) Guides.
(b) The element of surprise.
(c) Enough employees.
(d) Good artwork.

3. Why are the waiters in the restaurant in Cooperstown eager for Bryson to leave?
(a) They know he won't tip.
(b) They don't like him.
(c) They're having a secret meeting.
(d) They want to close.

4. Bryson eats all his food in Cape Cod with _____.
(a) An elderly couple.
(b) Sand.
(c) A fork and knife.
(d) Mayo.

5. Why does Bryson dislike Cornelius Vanderbilt?
(a) He bought Bryson's family's home.
(b) He didn't like his writing.
(c) He was racist.
(d) His arrogant displays of wealth.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why doesn't Bryson mind bad service in restaurants?

2. What does the apothecary shop in Colonial Williamsburg sell?

3. How does Bryson feel about New York as an adult?

4. Why did Bryson's father choose to walk through the park at Gettysburg?

5. Why does Bryson believe women are good at operating Mount Vernon?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why doesn't Bryson mind bad service in restaurants?

2. What revelation about poverty does Bryson have in Vermont?

3. Is Bryson sympathetic to impoverished people? Why or why not?

4. Is Bryson's mother patient?

5. In visiting Colonial Williamsburg, how does Bryson feel about tourism?

6. How is Bryson similar to the pilgrims?

7. How does Bryson know how to socially categorize Hal and Lucia?

8. Are the people of Roanoke, VA amiable to discussing the Melungeons? Why or why not?

9. Why is Bryson concerned about Detroit?

10. Does Bryson have an "authentic" New England experience?

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