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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. How does Bryson know about the skis and tennis rackets in Hal and Lucia's closet?
(a) He just assumes.
(b) He looked.
(c) He bought them for them.
(d) They showed him.

2. Why does Bryson consider going back to Connecticut?
(a) He saw a beautiful woman
(b) He had some good pie there.
(c) He likes it more than New York.
(d) He thinks he missed something.

3. The trash and poverty makes Philadelphia feel like more of a ______ to Bryson.
(a) Slum.
(b) Third-world country.
(c) Nightmare.
(d) Big city.

4. How does Bryson get to New York?
(a) He takes the bus.
(b) He bokes.
(c) He flies.
(d) He rents a car.

5. How did Bryson feel about New York as a teenager?
(a) Awed.
(b) Inspired.
(c) Indifferent.
(d) Afraid.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the problem with Cooperstown which prevents it from being Bryson's "perfect town"?

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

3. Why is Bryson concerned about Detroit?

4. Why are the Melungeons shunned?

5. What is Bryson's opinion of Gettysburg?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Bryson have a problem with the Vanderbilts?

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

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

4. How does Bryson feel after visiting Gettysburg? Why?

5. What did Bryson realize on a family trip when he witnessed a shooting?

6. How does Bryson recognize long distance travelers?

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

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

9. Why is Bryson relieved to be back in Iowa?

10. How does Bryson imagine he should act in New York?

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