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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why did Bombeck claim to be unable to store a second tennis ball like other women?
(a) She was never able to talk her child into being in charge of the tennis balls.
(b) She did not like having a ball stored in her bra.
(c) She needed both hands for tennis.
(d) She did not have enough room in her tennis panties.

2. What trends did Bombeck claim she had a hard time accepting fully in "Have a Good Day"?
(a) Exercising.
(b) Vegetarianism.
(c) Cooking gourmet food every night.
(d) Recycling.

3. In "Who Killed Apple Pie?," what does Bombeck discuss as being no longer fulfilling for women?
(a) Having children.
(b) Going to church.
(c) Housework.
(d) Marriage.

4. How did Bombeck claim to use to help thaw out pork chops?
(a) The heat of her underarms.
(b) Her furnace.
(c) Her bathtub.
(d) Her windowsill in the sunroom.

5. How did Bombeck feel about the magazine article in "Who Killed Apple Pie?"
(a) She felt disturbed by the working woman's robotic tone.
(b) She felt inspired by the article.
(c) She felt enraged by the author's assumptions about women.
(d) She felt as if she did not measure up.

6. In "The Varicose Open," what would Bombeck not have allowed to grow together?
(a) Her knees.
(b) Her feet.
(c) Her eyebrows.
(d) Her legs.

7. To what question was "I. Dontcare" the response?
(a) Whether anyone would like liver for dinner.
(b) When their homework was due.
(c) When their friend was coming over.
(d) Where their sibling was hiding.

8. Why did Bombeck want to recognize Tom Suggs in her column?
(a) His decision to sacrifice his marriage for his children.
(b) His dedication to his career.
(c) His ability to discipline his children from across the country.
(d) His ability to relieve his wife's depression.

9. What did Bombeck attempt to recite in "Why Can't Our Average Little Family Get Their Own TV series?" that ended up not being funny?
(a) Oscar Wilde monologues.
(b) Limericks.
(c) One-liners.
(d) Children's jokes.

10. According to Bombeck, after driving the mother crazy, what would happen to the father if a child were to meet them at the door after work?
(a) He would get in the car and go eat at a restaurant.
(b) He would go back to work.
(c) He would walk into the house and grab a beer before anything else.
(d) He would rupture a neck vein.

11. 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 was being taken advantage of by her family.
(c) She had every right to try to divorce her husband for negligence.
(d) She complained too much about being busy.

12. According to Bombeck's list of guidelines that determine whether a child should call their parent at work, the amount of what substance ought to be evaluated to constitute an emergency?
(a) Water.
(b) Blood.
(c) Ink.
(d) Juice.

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

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

15. What was better than backhand, according to Bombeck's tennis advice?
(a) Claiming a line foul after the ball was served.
(b) Rushing around a served ball.
(c) Letting the ball go out of bounds.
(d) Taunting the server.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what event must Bombeck's family use the manual she wrote up in "Is There Life After Mine?"

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

3. Why was a doctor's appointment no longer an excusable absence at work?

4. What was Bombeck worried that scientists would discover?

5. Which of the following did Bombeck not claim to do as a reaction to the "Great Caffeine Drought of 1942?"

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