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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. Who is one of Nora's favorite chefs?
3. Why does Nora not need a purse for a time?
4. What does the effects of eyesight going bad affect?
5. What changes as Nora moves from an apartment she loves to a place where she lives?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the first stage of parenting?
2. How does Nora's interest in cookbooks begin?
3. What is the third stage of parenting?
4. Describe how Nora views her apartment in the beginning?
5. What does Nora claim affects people more than anything else?
6. What does Nora think of manicures?
7. Describe the premise of the chapter "Blind as a Bat."
8. Who are the people that move in and that Nora meets in her building and what happens with these relationships?
9. What types of maintenance are there?
10. Describe the second stage of parenting?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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.
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