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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What did Bombeck's butcher continually refuse to do?
(a) Give her lessons in properly preparing chicken for pasta.
(b) Offer her lower prices on meat.
(c) Allow her to write a column about his customers.
(d) Visit her house to evaluate what she did wrong in cooking a roast.

3. 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) Employers no longer believed in surgery.
(d) Too many people were using superfluous operations as an excuse for a vacation.

4. Which of the following did Bombeck not claim to do as a reaction to the "Great Caffeine Drought of 1942?"
(a) Noticed the drafts caused by her eyelashes.
(b) Bleached her black clothing.
(c) Buttered her hand.
(d) Shaved her tongue.

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

6. In "White Socks in a Pantyhose World," what did Bombeck admit to being?
(a) A bad cook.
(b) A worrier.
(c) A natural born leader.
(d) A total gossip.

7. 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) Coffee.
(b) Water.
(c) Tea.
(d) Bourbon.

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

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) One-liners.
(b) Limericks.
(c) Oscar Wilde monologues.
(d) Children's jokes.

10. To what event did Bombeck refer to as the "Great Caffeine Drought of 1942?"
(a) The surgeon general's misleading warning about caffeine.
(b) A coffee boycott.
(c) Her attempts to switch from coffee to tea.
(d) Her attempts to wean herself off of coffee.

11. Who was "I. Dunno," according to Bombeck?
(a) Their homework assignments.
(b) A spoiled kid.
(c) The daily weather.
(d) The dog.

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

13. 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 rupture a neck vein.
(c) He would go back to work.
(d) He would walk into the house and grab a beer before anything else.

14. What was Bombeck never able to see in a movie because of her husband's bad habit in "If You Thought the Wedding Was Bad"?
(a) The new couple's first date.
(b) The opening credits.
(c) The murder victim before the victim's death.
(d) The movie trailers.

15. Why was a doctor's appointment no longer an excusable absence at work?
(a) If the person is well enough to go the doctor, they are well enough to work.
(b) The employee can only leave for doctor's appointments for the children.
(c) The employee needed to keep their health insurance costs down.
(d) The office could not confirm if the employee had a doctor's appointment.

Short Answer Questions

1. What famous actress did Bombeck claim to worry about going bald?

2. What did Bombeck claim mothers always have a hard time getting right when it came to their children?

3. How many children does Bombeck have at the time of "At What Age Is a Child Capable of Dressing Himself?"

4. According to her daughter's announcement, what was about to be made illegal because of a bill in Congress?

5. What is the name of the little girl about whom Bombeck speaks in "Mother Mystique"?

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