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 does Bryson do while visiting Hal and Lucia?

2. Why does Bryson smile at everyone in Littleton?

3. Why did Bryson's father choose to walk through the park at Gettysburg?

4. In Cooperstown, Bryson reminisces about his childhood at the ________ Hall of Fame.

5. How does Bryson feel about New York as an adult?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Bryson concerned about Detroit?

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

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

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

5. What is the unspoken connection with travelers?

6. How is Bryson similar to the pilgrims?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Much of Bryson's observations are steered by his personal opinion rather than his objectivism. Discuss how Bryson's personal objectives cause him to manipulate facts--how does this affect him as a writer and the reader's perception?

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