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

2. How did Bombeck claim to use to help thaw out pork chops?

3. What did Bombeck's butcher begin to offer her in "Have a Good Day?"

4. 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?

5. What realization did Bombeck have in "Why Can't Our Average Little Family Get Their Own TV Series?"

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. Describe Bombeck's humor.

3. Who was Lionel?

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

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

6. What did Bombeck point out about people's perceptions of Tom and Lorraine Suggs?

7. According to "If You Thought the Wedding Was Bad," what were some of the differences between men and women that should be discussed prior to the wedding?

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. What was Bombeck's reaction to her daughter's announcement about the bill in Congress in "Have a Good Day?"

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a brief essay that details Bombeck's relationship to the media. Discuss her ideas on game shows, magazine articles that raise expectations for working parents, and different trends. Conversely, discuss her ironic reliance on the media to allow her work to be heard.

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

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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