If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits? Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Discuss Bombeck's use of observational humor in "If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?" Focus particularly on her anecdotes about her family and how she feels particularly confused by certain trends and ideas in society.

Essay Topic 2

Compose a brief essay that details Bombeck's relationship with her children. Draw upon several of her essays for inspiration, while connecting one theme and idea to another (for example, her sons' personal hygiene to her discussions with them about putting away their laundry). Discuss how their relationships change and evolve, while discussing how they remain rooted in love and respect.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Bombeck in relationship to feminism in the following format:

Part 1) The time period in which she wrote.

Part 2) Bombeck's liberation of the stereotyped housewife.

Part 3) Her relationship to her mother and daughter.

Part 4) Fashions and trends.

Part 5) Respect.

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