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

2. What is the name of Nora's new man in her life?

3. How, according to The Parenting Movement, do your parenting skills affect your children?

4. According to Nora Ephron, what kind of advice helps you as a parent through the adolescent years?

5. What topic does Nora think each women struggles with all on their own?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of a job is parenting?

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

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

4. What are Nora's thoughts on exercise?

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

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

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

8. What happens to Nora as she throws herself into the culinary arts?

9. Describe the second stage of parenting?

10. What is the first stage of parenting?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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.

Essay Topic 3

Nora finishes her book with the chapter that discusses death. She says that aging is better than the alternative and that there is positive to be found in aging. Living life to its fullest is the best way to live. Enjoying everything as much as you can. Write an essay that supports these sentiments. Write an inspirational essay that encourages both yourself and others to life to the fullest. What does that mean to you? How would you go about executing that plan?

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