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. In Chapter 1, what does the reader learn about how Dad strived to please his family?

2. What is the primary focus of Chapter2?

3. What do we learn about Mother during the big family outing in the car?

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

5. According to Ernestine, which of the following statements is true about the popularity of the book, "Cheaper by the Dozen"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. By what method did Mother and Dad choose to run the household?

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

8. Describe Frank Gilbreth, Sr.

9. When a woman mistakenly thought the family was a group of orphans, how did Dad respond?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mother and Dad came from very different families. When the children were ill, there was a stark contrast between the care provided by Mother's family in California and the care provided by Dad and Grandma Gilbreth. Discuss the contrasts between each family's approach to taking care of the children.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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

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