The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-town America Test | Final 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. What do the imaginary business cards Bryson wants to hand out to New Yorkers say?

2. Bryson observes that the businesses in Cape Cod are all aimed at getting tourists to _____.

3. Who does Bryson observe inhabiting the most beautiful places in America?

4. Why does Bryson dislike Cornelius Vanderbilt?

5. What does Bryson compare the quietness of Mackinaw Island to?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Bryson similar to the pilgrims?

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

4. Why is Bryson so afraid of New York?

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

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

7. Why are Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island more to Bryson's liking?

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

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

10. Why is Bryson concerned about Detroit?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Aside from sightseeing, Bryson is very concerned with his natural surroundings in both their glory and inadequacy. Discuss how Bryson uses the environment to convey his views of regions and America as a whole.

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

What initiated Bryson's urge to travel was his desire to "be somewhere." However, what inspired this trip was tied to the death of his father and his desire to revisit youth. Discuss Bryson's complex relationship with home.

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