Cheaper by the Dozen Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Sr.
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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 was Fred's job in the household?

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

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

4. What method did Dad use with the children to reinforce that they work hard in school?

5. What was the family's code name for going to the bathroom in the woods instead of using a public restroom?

Short Essay Questions

1. What key elements of the book were introduced in the Preface of "Cheaper by the Dozen"?

2. In the Preface of the book, what did Ernestine Carey Gilbreth share about the popularity of "Cheaper by the Dozen"?

3. How did Dad often surprise the family?

4. How was Dad raised, and how did he become successful in business at a young age?

5. How did dad surprise the family with their first car?

6. Describe Frank Gilbreth, Sr.

7. When the Gilbreth's went out in their car, how did Dad handle the attention they received from onlookers?

8. What did "Visiting Mrs. Murphy" mean to the Gilbreth family?

9. How did Lill earn a pair of roller skates when she was eight years old?

10. What was the difference between Mother and Dad's views on child rearing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify the symbolism which was evident when the car wouldn't start on Anne's first date. Describe Dad's emotions about the event.

Essay Topic 2

Mother and Dad were raised differently and developed different personalities as a result. Compare and contrast Mother and Dad from this point of view.

Essay Topic 3

The Gilbreth family was close knit. The children often teamed up together for fun, entertainment, education, rebellion, or pranks. Cite five examples of the children teaming up together and discuss the value of these relationships.

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