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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 family relative moves into Nora's building?

2. What does Nora want to happen even though she does not like to exercise?

3. What is the single ingredient that must be left out of every kitchen?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe how Nora views her apartment in the beginning?

3. What kind of a job is parenting?

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

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

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

7. What is the third stage of parenting?

8. What happens when Nora finally gets reading glasses?

9. What does Nora think of manicures?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 describes her time as an intern at the White House while JFK served as President. That time in history is often viewed as glamourous and filled with public intrigue. Write an essay on the Kennedy White House. Include the social, political, and economic climate of the time period and how it influence the culture of the United States. Be sure to add in new articles, quotes, and relevant historical data. Cite your sources.

Essay Topic 3

Nora Ephron gives the reader a short synopsis of her life in the chapter titled, " The Story of My LIfe in 3500 Words or Less". What is the significance of the art of biography? Why do we document our life and our life events? What is to be gained by the reader by studying someone else's life? Use 3 examples of biographies you have researched throughout the unit and talk about how they have made an impact on you. Treat "biography" as a genre and determine its strengths and weaknesses.

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