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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. Which of the following is not a reason that the family outing was a disaster?
(a) The boys started goofing off.
(b) Mother was not amused by Dad's antics.
(c) The car engine failed, and they could not drive home.
(d) The girls were embarrassed by their clothes.

2. According to Ernestine, which of the following statements is true about the popularity of the book, "Cheaper by the Dozen"?
(a) It has captured the hearts of readers across decades and around the world through book sales and an active website.
(b) It was very popular a few decades ago, but it is not very popular today.
(c) The readers do not ask many questions about the Gilbreth family.
(d) Although people around the world like the story, the book sales were never very strong.

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

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

5. Much to Dad's dismay, what happened when he attempted to build a cement bird bath?
(a) The children told him they thought it was a boring project.
(b) He used too much sand, and it fell apart when he took it out of the mold.
(c) Bill built one also, but much faster than Dad.
(d) The children ran into it while playing and ruined it.

6. How often did the Gilbreth family practice fire drills?
(a) Never.
(b) Once a month.
(c) Every day.
(d) Once a week.

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

8. What was Fred's job in the household?
(a) He was head of the Laundry Committee.
(b) He was in charge when Dad was not home.
(c) He was in charge of the dinner dishes.
(d) He was head of the Utilities Committee.

9. What influence did Dad's work life have on his home life?
(a) He wanted all of the children to become engineers one day.
(b) He never mixed the two because they were so different.
(c) He was always serious at home, so the children would know he was in charge.
(d) He analyzed the inner workings of his household to establish optimal time management techniques.

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

11. What was a reason Dad drove the children to advance quickly in school?
(a) He didn't do well in school himself, and he wanted his children to do better than he did.
(b) He wanted them to compete in national academic competitions.
(c) He wanted to get as many of them as possible through college before he died.
(d) He wanted to brag to everyone about how smart his children were.

12. What did Frank Gilbreth, Sr. do when a child or group of children did something that pleased him?
(a) He told them elaborate, creative bedtime stories.
(b) He gave them treats and rewards.
(c) He let them skip their chores for one day.
(d) He took them out to dinner.

13. Which of the following is true about Dad's background?
(a) His father had a construction business and encouraged his son to follow the same career path.
(b) He was an orphan, because both of his parents died when he was very young.
(c) His father was a store owner and died very young.
(d) His mother was a passive woman and died very young.

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

15. What was the family's code name for going to the bathroom in the woods instead of using a public restroom?
(a) "Visiting Mrs. Murphy."
(b) "Visiting Mr. Meadow."
(c) "Visiting Mrs. Willow."
(d) "Visiting Mr. Tree."

Short Answer Questions

1. What method did Dad use to ensure no one forgot their hygiene or socialization?

2. How did Mother approach her disagreement with Dad in a particular area of parenting?

3. How did Dad feel when their crowded car drew the attention of onlookers?

4. When people questioned why the car was so crowded with children, how did Dad respond?

5. What elements of the novel does Ernestine Gilbreth Carey introduce in the Preface of the book?

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