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. While in Columbus, what does Bryson realize about his journey?

2. In Oxford, what is the young woman trying to tell Bryson when she says "make the skyaya"?

3. In contrast to Britain, Bryson finds that Iowa has ______ color.

4. When Bryson's stops to buy an Iowa post-card, what does he agree with the cashier about?

5. After visiting Ripley's Museum, Bryson feels he's had enough _______ for one day.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Bryson feel about signs and billboards?

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

3. What was the effect of Bryson's "disturbed and erratic" childhood?

4. What is disappointing about the Mississippi to Bryson?

5. How does Auburn, AL prompt more of Bryson's criticisms of youth?

6. Why does Bryson name the town "Dullard"?

7. How does Bryson generalize towns from his youth?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bryson occasionally detours to an anecdote while traveling. At times, the tie is clear but not so much in others. Discuss Bryson's use of anecdotes and how it fleshes out or conveys something about the moments Bryson diverges.

Essay Topic 2

Through many of Bryson's stops on his journey, he compares his experiences as a child to those as an adult. Discuss Bryson's relationship and resistance to change--whether it be change in himself or in his environment. Is Bryson able to distinguish internal and external change?

Essay Topic 3

Bryson expressed his objective of returning to the land of his youth at the beginning of the book. Discuss Bryson's successes or failures in his objective.

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