I Feel Bad About My Neck Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Nora's most recent attempt at working out?

2. Why does Nora not need a purse for a time?

3. What is not guaranteed in a difficult recipe?

4. Who does Nora have imaginary conversations with?

5. What does Nora admit to doing to maintain her face?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Nora say about wisdom?

3. What kind of a job is parenting?

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

5. What is happening to Nora's eyesight and what is she having trouble doing?

6. What is Nora's problem in college?

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

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

9. What are the advantages of Nora's apartment?

10. What types of maintenance are there?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Nora Ephron talks about the glamour and public intrigue with the Kennedy White House. It was deemed the time of "Camelot". America has a love affair with fame. Fame sometimes serves as a justification for living. Write an essay on the reality of fame, public intrigue, and glamour. Refer to 3 contemporary "stars" and how fame and fortune have affected their life, either for good or for not. Explain how public people often have to protect their private life and how fame might just be an illusion to happiness.

Essay Topic 2

What is the Western Standard of Beauty? Where did it originate? Why is it so mesmerizing? Write an essay on how standards of beauty are put into place and the positive and negative consequences of defining beauty in a society, especially young girls. Use at least 3 examples of Western Beauty in your response and back your analysis up with real life examples, case studies, etc.

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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