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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 is the chapter "Blind as a Bat" and ode to?
2. Who is one of Nora's favorite chefs?
3. What does Nora miss being able to read?
4. According to Nora Ephron, what does every woman want?
5. What has every woman tried to do with her purse?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Nora claim affects people more than anything else?
2. What happens when Nora finally gets reading glasses?
3. What is the symbolism of Nora's apartment?
4. What does Nora think of unwanted hairs and hair removal?
5. What happens after Nora gets a divorce?
6. What types of maintenance are there?
7. Describe the second stage of parenting?
8. What is significant about Lee Bailey?
9. How does Nora's interest in cookbooks begin?
10. Who are the people that move in and that Nora meets in her building and what happens with these relationships?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Every woman wants to look and feel beautiful. For many, it becomes an obsession. In an essay, write about the dangers of becoming obsessed with one's looks. Discuss the element of narcissism that is embedded into America's youth. What defines narcissism and how can it be avoided? Use contemporary examples from the pop world; singers, actors, rock stars, even politicians. How can narcissism become dangerous? Approach your essay psychologically but be sure to include evidence to support your claims.
Essay Topic 2
Nora Ephron discusses "The Parenting Movement", which began just before Nora had kids. Write an essay on the past 50 years of the social interpretation of child rearing. If possible, outline the theories that have been offered over time and if they have served parents or not. . Include 3 major researchers and their findings (doctors, psychologists, etc). FInally, end your essay with your own social commentary of parenting What is it that you believe is good advice to follow when raising a child?
Essay Topic 3
Nora describes the feeling of reading and finishing a book as the feeling of being a deep sea diver, coming up to the surface and needing to decompress or else running the risk of getting "the bends". Write a critical book review of your favorite novel, one that made you feel the rapture Nora speaks of. Discuss character, plot, climax, and resolution. If you have not felt that type of rapture, write an essay on what you imagine that feeling to be like, using the diver analogy. Make sure you take a critical, academic approach to the book review so that the reader is drawn in, much like they are in a novel.
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