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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. Who does Bryson observe inhabiting the most beautiful places in America?
(a) Endangered animals.
(b) No one,
(c) The poorest people.
(d) The wealthiest people.

2. What does Bryson's friend, James Horner, observe about American youth today?
(a) They are intellectually younger.
(b) They don't care about the environment.
(c) They want to be famous.
(d) They dress funny.

3. Why is Mackinac City closed down?
(a) They're bankrupt.
(b) There's been a crime.
(c) There's been an earthquake.
(d) It's winter.

4. What does Bryson observe about the cemetery in Peacham?
(a) It's very large for a small town.
(b) It's very small.
(c) The headstones are new.
(d) It's like a public park.

5. What does Bryson remember about Delaware?
(a) The smell.
(b) The people.
(c) How he lost his retainer there once.
(d) Hardly anything.

Short Answer Questions

1. There are a large number of ______ buried in the Peacham cemetery.

2. Why does Bryson dislike Cornelius Vanderbilt?

3. Bryson goes on a tangent comparing the American health care system to _______.

4. What do the imaginary business cards Bryson wants to hand out to New Yorkers say?

5. How does Bryson get around paying the entrance fee to Colonial Williamsburg?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Bryson similar to the pilgrims?

2. Is Bryson's mother patient?

3. Why is Bryson so afraid of New York?

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

5. Has Bryson had good or bad experiences with strippers? What prompted this thought?

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

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

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

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

10. In Bryson's opinion, how is poverty relative?

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