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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 did Mother and Dad disagree about?
(a) Mother thought they should make the best of the outing, but Dad wanted to go home.
(b) Dad was not amused by the comment made by an onlooker, but Mother thought it was funny.
(c) Dad thought the children were very well-behaved during the outing, but Mother did not think so.
(d) Mother didn't think the comment made by an onlooker was funny, but Dad was amused.

2. In the Preface, what tactic does Ernestine use in her writing to get the point across?
(a) Poetry to make the writing rhythmic and engaging.
(b) Anecdotes to amuse the reader.
(c) Detailed timeline of the birth of each child in the Gilbreth family.
(d) Highly sophisticated language.

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

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

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

6. How did Dad find success and own his own contracting business by the age of 27?
(a) He started as a bricklayer, and quickly rose in the ranks of construction by being an efficient worker.
(b) He served as an apprentice to a man who owned a contracting business.
(c) He was a bricklayer, and he met a man who taught him how to be efficient and get promoted.
(d) He followed in his father's footsteps, and he aggressively pursued a career in construction at a young age.

7. 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 didn't think he should purchase it, but he needed it for his large family.
(c) He thought he looked foolish in it.
(d) He thought it was a foolish invention.

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

9. The Preface provides a glimpse into which dynamics of the Gilbreth household?
(a) Children frequently tattling on one another.
(b) Constant disorder and misbehavior.
(c) Interactions with grandparents and beloved staff.
(d) Shared responsibility for their dozens of pets.

10. While the family ate lunch, how did Dad use the time to educate the children?
(a) He made them practice their spelling.
(b) He gave them science and history lessons.
(c) He practiced math puzzles with them.
(d) He taught the older children how to drive the car.

11. How did Dad include his family in his work schedule?
(a) He allowed the children to come to work with him when he toured factories.
(b) He held meetings with workers at his home.
(c) He always came home to eat lunch with the family.
(d) He called the children on the telephone to help them with their school work.

12. How did Lill display a strong work ethic at the age of eight?
(a) She completed a very tough chore to earn a little money toward some roller skates.
(b) She refused to allow her parents to buy her some roller skates, because she wanted to earn them.
(c) She asked a store owner if she could earn a pair of roller skates by working around his shop.
(d) She started a lemonade stand business so she could buy some roller skates.

13. What did Dad tell his family he had purchased, when really he had purchased a car?
(a) An airplane.
(b) A house.
(c) A puppy.
(d) A horse.

14. The children joined together to vote for __________.
(a) A canoe.
(b) A dog.
(c) A cat.
(d) A tree house.

15. 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 took them out to dinner.
(c) He gave them treats and rewards.
(d) He let them skip their chores for one day.

Short Answer Questions

1. What activity took place at mealtime?

2. Who was permitted to sit in the front seat for their big family outing?

3. In Chapter 3, what did the children have to do before their big family outing in the Pierce Arrow?

4. Who was Mrs. Bruce?

5. What comment did one woman in particular make about the children?

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