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 not easy to do as one ages?

2. What is it like living in Nora's apartment in the beginning?

3. What is the story of Nora's apartment essentially a story about?

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

5. What is the name of the manager of Nora's building?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Nora claim affects people more than anything else?

2. What does Nora's final decision about her new, waterproof, roomy purse do for other women trying to make traditional purses work?

3. What happens after Nora gets a divorce?

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

5. What happens when Nora finally gets reading glasses?

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

7. Describe the second stage of parenting?

8. What is the premise of Nora Ephron's book "I Feel Bad About My Neck?"

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

10. Who are the people that move in and that Nora meets in her building and what happens with these relationships?

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 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 3

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.

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