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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. Where does Nora find herself at the time she moves?

2. How much does Nora Ephron's friend plan on spending on her vintage purse?

3. What feeling does Nora's purse give to women everywhere who cannot seem to make traditional purses work?

4. What does Nora now have on her face because of menopause?

5. What does Nora Ephron anticipate she will feel like if she gets a purse that is big enough to carry all of her things?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Nora's interest in cookbooks begin?

2. What does Nora think of unwanted hairs and hair removal?

3. Describe the second stage of parenting?

4. Why does Nora travel to Paris?

5. What does Nora Ephron not like about her neck?

6. What happens after Nora gets a divorce?

7. What does Nora think of manicures?

8. What does Nora do while she tries out recipes from her favorite cookbooks?

9. Describe the premise of the chapter "Blind as a Bat."

10. What happens when Nora finally gets reading glasses?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Nora talks about many one liners that offer advice, humor, comfort, and are thought provoking in her chapter titled "What I Wish I'd Known" There are no themes. Write an essay on what you wish you'd known about life. Include humorous, comforting, and thought provoking remarks and even some anecdotes. Provide examples of the times where your life could have been different had you known a certain thing - or two.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on the Bill and Monica scandal. Looking back on this scandal, compared with the politics going on in the world at that time, does the scandal seems inconsequential? Or not? Describe 3 reasons the scandal was as blown up as it was, according to the sociological factors influencing the media at the time. Lastly, do you think the scandal should have been so publicly acknowledged? Was the media's influence on it inappropriate or do Americans have the right to know everything about their leader? Include the opinion of experts as well as your own.

Essay Topic 3

In the chapter titled "Le Strudel Perdu" Nora discusses the topic of loss through a very vivid description of cabbage strudel and her quest to find it after one of her favorite Hungarian bakeries closes. Nora discusses the idea of loss and the infinite quest to look for what gave you joy that is now gone forever. Write an essay about a significant loss in your life, on that you had to let go of the outcome of in order to heal. Perhaps your loss ended joyfully. Maybe it did not. Connect 3 of Nora's points on loss and letting go in your own essay, interlacing her narrative in with yours.

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