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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. According to Bombeck, what do children wrongly believe in "Haven't I Always Loved Whatshisname Best?"
(a) Children believe their mother loves another child more.
(b) Children believe parents are clueless.
(c) Children believe their parents were never wrong.
(d) Children believe that their parents like working.

3. Of what did Lorraine Suggs accuse her husband?
(a) Ignoring his family.
(b) Being too strict on the kids.
(c) Intentionally making a mess when he was home.
(d) Cheating on her.

4. According to Bombeck, what could her mother never get right about her, despite her status as an only child?
(a) Her birthday.
(b) Her wedding anniversary.
(c) Her age.
(d) Her name.

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

6. According to her daughter's announcement, what was about to be made illegal because of a bill in Congress?
(a) Tin cans.
(b) Aerosol spray cans.
(c) Alcohol.
(d) Cannabis.

7. What did Bombeck's butcher begin to offer her in "Have a Good Day?"
(a) Cooking lessons.
(b) A low price on good cuts of meat.
(c) Motorcycle lessons.
(d) An apprenticeship.

8. Where did some women store their second tennis ball?
(a) Their weaker hand.
(b) Their ball-handler.
(c) The leg of their tennis panties.
(d) Their bra.

9. 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 rupture a neck vein.
(b) He would go back to work.
(c) He would get in the car and go eat at a restaurant.
(d) He would walk into the house and grab a beer before anything else.

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

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

12. What was Bombeck's reaction to her daughter's announcement about the bill in Congress during "Have a Good Day"?
(a) She opened every tin can in the house and served the collected food as a casserole.
(b) She drank all of her wine.
(c) She bought a pound of cannabis.
(d) She sprayed room deoderizer under her arm.

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

14. In what event must Bombeck's family use the manual she wrote up in "Is There Life After Mine?"
(a) Her death.
(b) Her elopement with Cary Grant.
(c) Her decision to move to Paris.
(d) Her retirement.

15. What would drive a mother crazy if the child were to meet that parent at the door with this?
(a) A torn up living room because of the dog.
(b) Complaints about the other kids.
(c) Dirty dishes.
(d) A list of phone messages from the previous week.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the best way to stall in tennis by Bombeck's standards?

2. According to Bombeck, what was not necessary for tennis?

3. What was Bombeck's final pet peeve with her husband in "If You Thought the Wedding Was Bad"?

4. To what event did Bombeck refer to as the "Great Caffeine Drought of 1942?"

5. What did Bombeck's children claim the adults would have problems managing in "Why Can't We Have Our Own Apartment?"

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