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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. What was Bombeck worried that scientists would discover?

2. Why did Bombeck begin to brown-nose her butcher?

3. What did Bombeck claim to threaten her children with if they were to have company over while the parents were away?

4. In "Who Killed Apple Pie?," what does Bombeck discuss as being no longer fulfilling for women?

5. What would drive a mother crazy if the child were to meet that parent at the door with this?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe some of the things that children must be aware of when staying home alone in "Primer for Imaginative Children."

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

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

6. What were some of the basic tasks that Bombeck's family were unable to perform in "Is There Life After Mine?"

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

8. What did Bombeck note as being the difference between her family and sitcom families in "Why Can't Our Average Little Family Get Their Own TV Series?"

9. Who is Lorraine Suggs?

10. In "Who Killed Apple Pie?", what does Bombeck say started to happen to housewives and what was the result?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is important to note about Bombeck's portrayal of different people, including her family, in her essays ? Discuss how her handling of these people reveal not only her love and respect, but her views on society. Develop a clear thesis statement and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss how Bombeck's success as a columnist was directly tied to the time period in which she wrote. Analyze the criticism she faced for her gender and seeming lack of feminism. Develop a clear thesis statement in order to discuss these questions and cite specific examples from the text to help support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Bombeck's relationship with her readers in the following format:

Part 1) Honesty and candor in writing.

Part 2) Discussion of universal truths amongst parents.

Part 3) Treating others with complete respect.

Part 4) Characterizing herself as confused.

Part 5) Practicing and discussing issues of morality and acceptance.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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