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Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Sr.
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Chapter 3 demonstrate about Dad's relationship with Mother?
(a) Mother always supported Dad, even if she didn't like something he was doing.
(b) Dad respected Mother, and yielded to her wishes when she asserted herself.
(c) Dad and Mother disagreed often.
(d) Dad did not respect Mother, because their points of view were so different.

2. How did Dad feel when their crowded car drew the attention of onlookers?
(a) He was offended.
(b) He was embarrassed.
(c) It brought him great delight.
(d) He was angry.

3. How were the children expected to respond when they heard the whistle?
(a) They were to go to bed.
(b) They were to start their chores.
(c) They were to shout their name to be accounted for.
(d) They were to come as quickly as possible.

4. When the children considered what it would have been like to be an only child, what was their conclusion?
(a) They each wished they were an only child.
(b) The boys were happy to have siblings, but the girls each wished they were an only child.
(c) They were happy to have siblings, but wished they were either all boys or all girls.
(d) They were happy to have siblings.

5. When people questioned why the car was so crowded with children, how did Dad respond?
(a) He said that if it would have been cheaper to purchase a dozen cars, then he would have done so.
(b) He jokingly said that the dozen children were for sale, and cheaper if they bought the car too.
(c) He cheerfully informed them that children come cheaper by the dozen.
(d) He angrily told them to mind their own business.

6. What practical joke did Dad often play on the children?
(a) He would tell them to look in the engine of the car for a birdie, and then he would honk the horn to scare them.
(b) He would tell them he had a lavish surprise for them, but he really had nothing.
(c) He would tell them they couldn't have dessert, but then he would take them out for ice cream.
(d) He would blow the whistle to get their attention and then say "Just joking!"

7. What did Bill do on the road trip which made everyone laugh?
(a) He told jokes.
(b) He mimicked Mother and teased Dad.
(c) He constantly said he was hungry.
(d) He frequently requested stops to go to the bathroom.

8. What method did Dad use with the children to reinforce that they work hard in school?
(a) He rewarded them heavily.
(b) He made them meet with the principal once a week.
(c) He punished them often.
(d) He signed them up for classes below their grade level.

9. What do we learn about Mother during the big family outing in the car?
(a) She supported Dad's antics.
(b) She had a great sense of humor.
(c) She could quietly, yet firmly stand up for herself.
(d) She was very easy-going, and shrugged off anything she didn't approve of.

10. Which of the following was true of Lillian Moller Gilbreth and Frank Bunker Gilbreth?
(a) Before he met Lillian, Frank was a reserved and quiet man.
(b) They were quite different from each other, but very similar in their love for children.
(c) Frank didn't want as large a family as Lillian did, but he wanted to make her happy.
(d) Frank had a great sense of humor, while Lillian was always very serious.

11. Why did Dad feel it was important to conduct a roll call before leaving on their family outing?
(a) He always maintained a strict routine, even when it wasn't necessary.
(b) On two occasions, some of the children were left behind.
(c) He wanted to inspect their appearances and be sure they looked respectable.
(d) He had never left any of the children behind, but he wasn't going to risk it.

12. What is the primary focus of Chapter2?
(a) The reader learned more about the practical and strict side of Dad.
(b) The reader learns more about the impractical and fun loving side of Dad.
(c) The reader learns more about Dad's work life.
(d) The reader learns that Dad has a bad temper and little sense of humor.

13. What did Dad have a tendency to do on road trips?
(a) He would forget to pack some of the luggage.
(b) He would fall asleep while driving and they would have to stop for awhile.
(c) He would get lost, because he refused to get directions or use a map.
(d) He would regret deciding to take a road trip, because it was so difficult.

14. What method did Dad use to ensure no one forgot their hygiene or socialization?
(a) He gave the children rewards and treats to gently remind them.
(b) He set up charts and routines to ensure efficiency.
(c) Strict discipline and accountability.
(d) He developed a unique whistle call for each child.

15. What qualities about Mother are revealed in Chapter 7?
(a) She was a stubborn woman, with firm beliefs.
(b) She enjoyed socializing with others and often held parties for friends.
(c) She was a humble servant in the community and did not socialize very much.
(d) She was a strong leader with a great sense of humor.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Mother do on the road trip, which the children loved and Dad admired?

2. Much to Dad's dismay, what happened when he attempted to build a cement bird bath?

3. What influence did Dad's work life have on his home life?

4. Throughout Chapter 6, what quality does Dad display with regard to his children?

5. Which is an example of how Mother's approach to parenting tempered Dad's approach?

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