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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 does Nora use as daily skin maintenance?

2. What does the effects of eyesight going bad affect?

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

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. Who does Nora eventually meet in her building?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What have books done for Nora, ever since she was a child?

3. What are Nora's thoughts on exercise?

4. What does the new purse Nora gets after returning from Paris look like?

5. What event leads to Nora's personal story of being an intern at the White House while JFK was President?

6. Why does Nora believe she was never propositioned by JFK?

7. What is significant about Lee Bailey?

8. Describe the success that happens on Nora's quest for the cabbage strudel.

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

10. Who is Nora Ephron?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Nora Ephron talks about losing her eyesight and being frustrated because she finds it increasingly difficult to read. Write an essay on the power of literacy. In what ways does literacy affect our entire life? From communication, to obtaining a job, to understanding a political action, to having an informed opinion, or simply in understanding the world around you, there are so many ways literacy is part of daily life. Discuss 3 ways that literacy has changed your life. Describe how and why literacy is so necessary. Be sure to include at least 3 examples in your response.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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