The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-town America Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Bill Bryson
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How long did Bryson stay in Kentucky?

2. What is the effect Charleston has on Bryson?

3. The road between Warm Springs to Macon isn't particularly ______.

4. Why does Bryson miss billboards on the highway?

5. Why has Bryson never seen the "Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Bryson generalize towns from his youth?

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

3. Why is the south like a foreign country to Bryson?

4. Why was Abe Lincoln's home more fun for Bryson and his generation that it is for the youth of today?

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

6. How is Tuskegee, AL a trip back in time for Bryson?

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

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

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

10. Why does Bryson like Tupelo?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bryson regularly points out instances of segregation and bigotry, yet has some biases himself. Discuss Bryson's stance on bigotry and how he defines it.

Essay Topic 2

Bryson embarks on this trip alone, but with the objective of reminiscing about his youth and family. Discuss Bryson's conflict between his family unit and his independent nature. Which does he prefer? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Part of Bryson's motive for travel is to rediscover the land of his youth. In his travels, he makes many scathing remarks about the youth of today. Discuss Bryson's relationship with the idea of youth: his love and criticism of it.

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