If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits? Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Where did some women store their second tennis ball?

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

4. Who was "I. Dontcare?"

5. What literary genre is "Why Can't We Have Our Own Apartment?"

Short Essay Questions

1. According to "Primer for Imaginative Children," what had become the typical office's stance on doctor's appointments and surgeries?

2. What was the purpose of the article about the female architect and how did it make Bombeck feel as a result?

3. Describe Bombeck's tennis tips in "The Varicose Open."

4. With what issue did Bombeck struggle in "The Varicose Open" and why?

5. Who is Lorraine Suggs?

6. What were some of the snoring "cures" Bombeck considered for her husband?

7. How did Bombeck achieve lower costs with her butcher?

8. Describe Bombeck's humor.

9. What does Bombeck hypothesize about the reasons so many marriages fail?

10. Discuss I. Dunno.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the subtle subversions in Bombeck's writing. Points to consider include her subjects, the time in which she wrote these essays, and her handling of serious matters in a light-hearted manner. Also, analyze how these attitudes are reflected in her children as they grow up and how her messages were affected by her success and national syndication. Develop a clear thesis statement and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Using the themes of survival and worry (as discussed in "White Socks in a Pantyhose World), discuss Bombeck's outlook on life and society. Consider how she utilized these themes in her writing and how she handled her feelings of hysteria when feeling out-of-place in the world. Focus as well on the role of her children when considering the latter. Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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