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

2. What happens to Nora as she exercises?

3. What does Nora surrounding herself with something she loves, like her apartment, help her cope with?

4. Where can you look for advice about parenting, but be advised that there are many different opinions?

5. What do the contents of Nora's purse most resemble?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the second stage of parenting?

3. What is the third stage of parenting?

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

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

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

7. Why does Nora travel to Paris?

8. Who is Nora Ephron?

9. What is significant about Lee Bailey?

10. What kind of a job is parenting?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Nora says that many books on the subject of aging are in the theme that older is better than younger. Nora boldly states that older is not better than younger. Do you agree with this? Do you agree that people should say "In my day?" Do you believe that it is the day of the younger generation? Give 3 reasons for your beliefs backed by examples from pop culture or American life.

Essay Topic 2

Nora talks about advice and how many things a person figures out only after they have already made a mistake. Think of one mistake you have made so far in your life that you have now figured out. How would you have responded differently had you known? Replay the scenario. Take a different side and create an essay in which you learned from your mistake.

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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