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

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

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

4. In "White Socks in a Pantyhose World," what did Bombeck admit to being?

5. When her family mourned Bombeck's imaginary death in "Is There Life After Mine?" what did they regret the most?

Short Essay Questions

1. What annoyances does Bombeck describe in "If You Thought the Wedding Was Bad?"

2. What did Bombeck realize about the women sitting next to her on the plane in "Are You Listening?"

3. How did Bombeck sum up her theories on the future of game show contestants in her theoretical game show?

4. What was the story of the "hard rolls" in "Travel Is So Broadening I Bought a Maternity Dress To Wear Home"?

5. Why was Bombeck always consistently cold in "The Right to Declare War?"

6. Why was Bombeck's son resistant to putting away his clean laundry?

7. What were Bombeck's beliefs about kissing?

8. What were some of the considerations Bombeck claimed children should think about before calling a parent at work?

9. In Bombeck's theoretical game show, what would lead to the winning contestant winning a mink coat?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss aspects of Bombeck's writing techniques in the following format:

Part 1) Exaggeration.

Part 2) Subversion of cliches.

Part 3) Analogies.

Part 4) Nostalgia without the saccharine undertones.

Part 5) Honesty.

Compose a strong thesis and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Bombeck's stance on holding respect for others in the following format:

Part 1) Respect between parents and children.

Part 2) A Baby's Bill of Rights.

Part 3) The artificiality of the media.

Part 4) The woman on the airplane in "Are You Listening?"

Part 5) Her relationships with her children, husband, and mother.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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