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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Bombeck claim people only saw when discussing Tom Suggs and his career?
(a) People claimed he had the perfect opportunity to be unfaithful to his wife.
(b) People believed he was thoughtless when going on business trips.
(c) The positive side of constantly travelling.
(d) The downside to being away from one's family.

2. According to Bombeck in "Primer for Imaginative Children," what can food from the refrigerator not do?
(a) Put itself away.
(b) Fulfill all nutritional requirements for the day.
(c) Cook itself to the children's specifications.
(d) Act as an excuse for a child's forgetfulness.

3. What is the name of the little girl about whom Bombeck speaks in "Mother Mystique"?
(a) Allie.
(b) Stacie.
(c) Cathie.
(d) Carrie.

4. In "Mother Mystique," what did Bombeck believe was the only way for a mother to survive?
(a) Sending the children to school.
(b) Knowing what their children were always doing.
(c) Assigning chores.
(d) Taking control of the car radio.

5. What do Bombeck and her husband wish to do in "Why Can't We Have Our Own Apartment?"
(a) Move into their own apartment.
(b) Move to England.
(c) Move to a duplex and give their kids the other side on their own.
(d) Move to New York City.

6. According to Bombeck, what was not necessary for tennis?
(a) Knowledge of the sport.
(b) Coordination.
(c) Speed.
(d) Concentration.

7. What was Bombeck worried that scientists would discover?
(a) Pantyhose would be bad for you.
(b) Exercise decreased one's lifespan.
(c) Wine had no health benefits.
(d) Lettuce was fattening.

8. What was Bombeck's final pet peeve with her husband in "If You Thought the Wedding Was Bad"?
(a) Talking back to the radio.
(b) Not putting gas in the car.
(c) Running late.
(d) Not taking out the garbage.

9. For what reasons did people believe Lorraine Suggs had the perfect life?
(a) She never had to deal with her neglectful husband.
(b) She was able to get out of the house once in awhile.
(c) Her children always kept the house perfectly clean and had their homework done every night.
(d) Her children were never in trouble.

10. What did Bombeck's mother ask for in "Why Can't Our Average Little Family Get Their Own TV Series?" when Bombeck puts a halt to all of the action?
(a) Bourbon.
(b) Water.
(c) Tea.
(d) Coffee.

11. What was Bombeck unable to secure for her family in "Who Killed Apple Pie?"
(a) A babysitter.
(b) A playgroup.
(c) A doctor.
(d) A lawyer.

12. What did most people tell Lorraine Suggs about her situation with her family?
(a) She was fortunate that her husband was always out-of-town.
(b) She complained too much about being busy.
(c) She was being taken advantage of by her family.
(d) She had every right to try to divorce her husband for negligence.

13. Why were operations discouraged in "Primer for the Imaginative Children?"
(a) The employee was hired in complete condition and, thus, must stay that way.
(b) The operations cost the company too much money.
(c) Too many people were using superfluous operations as an excuse for a vacation.
(d) Employers no longer believed in surgery.

14. According to a magazine article in "Who Killed Apple Pie?," what was the career woman's job?
(a) Architect.
(b) Teacher.
(c) Lawyer.
(d) Doctor.

15. Who is Bombeck's focus in "At What Age Is a Child Capable of Dressing Himself"?
(a) Her brothers.
(b) Her children.
(c) Her husband.
(d) Her best friend's sons.

Short Answer Questions

1. What realization did Bombeck have in "Why Can't Our Average Little Family Get Their Own TV Series?"

2. During "Primer for Imaginative Children," what should children watch out for with their dog?

3. What does Bombeck claim is the purpose of "If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?"

4. According to Bombeck, what could her mother never get right about her, despite her status as an only child?

5. In "Why Can't Our Average Little Family Get Their Own TV Series?" what exists in order to break up the action of a piece?

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