I Feel Bad About My Neck Test | Final 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 believe she was never propositioned by JFK?

2. What does Nora savor after she has found the strudel?

3. What author is Nora reading when she writes the chapter "Rapture?"

4. Who tells Nora about Andre's Hungarian Bakery opening?

5. Who does Bill lie about that Nora rationalizes away?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Nora and Bill's relationship in the beginning?

2. What happens when Nora sees Bill on TV again?

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

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

5. What are the advantages of Nora's apartment?

6. What does Nora believe makes a great story?

7. What favorite food does Nora share about?

8. What is the theme of the chapter?

9. Describe Nora's desk environment.

10. What happens to Nora when she is seven months pregnant that changes the course of her life entirely?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the Western Standard of Beauty? Where did it originate? Why is it so mesmerizing? Write an essay on how standards of beauty are put into place and the positive and negative consequences of defining beauty in a society, especially young girls. Use at least 3 examples of Western Beauty in your response and back your analysis up with real life examples, case studies, etc.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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