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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 age does Nora Ephron appear to be when she tells her anecdotes and stories?

2. What do women seldom do as they get older?

3. Who does Nora eventually meet in her building?

4. What did Nora used to do to be rid of unwanted hairs?

5. When does the job of parenting end?

Short Essay Questions

1. What political issue makes Nora unwilling to support Bill?

2. What kind of relationship does Nora have with the characters she reads about in books?

3. What is the symbolism of Nora's apartment?

4. What is the first stage of parenting?

5. Describe Nora's job at the White House.

6. What is wrong with Nora Ephron's neck, besides age and what does she wish she would have enjoyed more?

7. What is the relationship that Nora draws between the reader and a diver?

8. How does Nora feel about aging?

9. Describe Nora's desk environment.

10. What happens after Nora gets a divorce?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Nora says that most people would agree that wisdom comes with age. What do you believe? Write an essay on the definition of wisdom, according to the Greeks, and how it is now perceived in Western Culture. Does the West respect the wisdom that comes with age? Do they respect age? Is there any exception to the old adage that wisdom comes from age? Could wisdom come from truthful perception? Write this as an opinion piece and base it on personal experience.

Essay Topic 2

Nora Ephron was greatly inspired by chefs, namely Julia Child, Michael Fields, and Lee Bailey. She was inspired so much that she changed her personal style. She often had imaginary relationships with those she admired, which caused her to make drastic changes in her own life. Write an essay on the power of inspiration through mentorship. You may do this through a personal narrative, perhaps an experience you had, or by writing a biography on inspirational figures like Julia Child and the work she did which inspired others to utilize their own gifts. Be sure to write your narrative in an analytic fashion and tie it into the book by using 3 excerpts in your essay.

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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