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. Although Mother and Dad were a great team as parents, in what area did they disagree?

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

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

4. What was the Family Council?

5. How did Dad include his family in his work schedule?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Mother and Dad each feel about religious training for the children?

2. Why did Dad name the family's first car the "Foolish Carriage"?

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

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

5. What are two examples of ways in which Dad did not allow any time to be wasted for the children?

6. Whenever Mother asserted herself, how did Dad usually respond?

7. How did Mother respond when a women mistakenly though the family was a group of orphans, and Dad played along?

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

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

10. In what ways did Dad demonstrate his interest in organization and time-management at home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Foreshadowing was used twice in the book to express Dad's anxieties about dying at a young age. Cite two specific examples of this from the book and how the examples foreshadowed Dad's actual death at age 55.

Essay Topic 2

The book ended with a quote from Dad which summarized his obsession with saving time. When asked what people should save time for, how did Dad respond? What did his response indicate about his priorities? Discuss Dad's priorities and heart for his family. Explain how his views influenced his career and home life.

Essay Topic 3

While Mother came from a well-to-do, reserved family, the book shares how they were very accepting of Dad's boisterous personality and the lively Gilbreth clan. Discuss the irony of Mother's family's background with their acceptance of the Gilbreth family. Cite three examples of their love and acceptance.

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