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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. Who was Mrs. Bruce?
(a) She was an older woman who never had any children.
(b) She was Dad's secretary.
(c) She was the mother of eight children.
(d) She was Ernestine's favorite teacher.

2. Which of the following was true of Lillian Moller Gilbreth and Frank Bunker Gilbreth?
(a) They were quite different from each other, but very similar in their love for children.
(b) Before he met Lillian, Frank was a reserved and quiet man.
(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.

3. Whom did Dad pretend to be after a woman commented about the children?
(a) A teacher who was taking children on a field trip.
(b) A benevolent superintendent who was taking a group of orphans out for the day.
(c) A policeman who was taking a group of undisciplined children to an orphanage.
(d) The leader of a group of circus performers.

4. Throughout Chapter 6, what quality does Dad display with regard to his children?
(a) Passiveness about his children's education.
(b) Dedication to educating them whenever he could.
(c) Patience, allowing his children to play when they're young and be educated when they're older.
(d) Intolerance for their lack of interest in education.

5. Although Dad enforced a majority rule system in the house, what was he growing concerned about at the end of Chapter 5?
(a) The children might not learn to understand that no means no.
(b) The children might begin to outvote him and Mother and take over the house.
(c) The children might think this is always how the world works.
(d) The children might begin to join together to vote for big issues such as bobbed hair and stockings.

6. What volunteer work was Mother involved in?
(a) She was involved in local politics and served on a campaign committee.
(b) She made quilts for those less fortunate.
(c) She was active in Sunday school work and served on several committees.
(d) She volunteered in the town library.

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

8. Which is an example of how Dad never allowed the children to waste time at home?
(a) The children were required to sleep in their school clothes so they were ready in the morning.
(b) The children were required to recite poetry while bathing.
(c) The children were required to listen to language records while bathing.
(d) The children were expected to eat their breakfast in five minutes or less.

9. In Chapter 1, what does the reader learn about how Dad strived to please his family?
(a) He cooked elaborate dinners.
(b) He always came home from work on time.
(c) He often brought them surprises and gifts.
(d) He took them out for ice cream every evening after dinner.

10. Why did Dad name their first car "Foolish Carriage"?
(a) He thought it was foolish to own a car when he had so many children.
(b) He thought it was a foolish invention.
(c) He didn't think he should purchase it, but he needed it for his large family.
(d) He thought he looked foolish in it.

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

12. How did Dad respond when Bill played a practical joke on him?
(a) He forbade anyone in the house from playing practical jokes ever again.
(b) He punished Bill.
(c) He immediately laughed and was proud of his son's sense of humor.
(d) He was mad at first, but then saw the humor in it.

13. In Chapter 3, what did the children have to do before their big family outing in the Pierce Arrow?
(a) They had to wash their faces and brush their teeth.
(b) They had to conduct a fire drill.
(c) They had to finish their homework.
(d) They had to finish their chores.

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

15. Whom did the townspeople play a joke on?
(a) On Dad, because he was connected to a national hunting organization.
(b) On the Sunday school teacher.
(c) On Mother, because she was usually so quiet and serious.
(d) On a newcomer who was connected to a national birth control organization.

Short Answer Questions

1. How often did the Gilbreth family practice fire drills?

2. In Chapter 4, how did Mother prepare for what she believed would be the inevitable outcome of their road trip?

3. The Preface provides a glimpse into which dynamics of the Gilbreth household?

4. What did the children do before they left the area where they ate lunch?

5. Which of the following is an example of how Dad strived for efficiency in his life?

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