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. What were children still unaware of, according to Bombeck, in "At What Age Is a Child Capable of Dressing Himself"?

2. What did Bombeck claim her husband sounded like in "If You Thought the Wedding Was Bad"?

3. Which of the following choices did Bombeck's family apparently struggle with when it came to cooking?

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

5. For what reasons did people believe Lorraine Suggs had the perfect life?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Discuss I. Dunno.

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

6. Describe Bombeck's humor.

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

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

9. 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?

10. What did Bombeck claim about remembering children's names in "Haven't I Always Loved Whatshisname Best?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Bombeck's emphasis on honesty and candor at all times in the following format:

Part 1) Portrayals of her family.

Part 2) The artifice of game shows, plus the intrusion of the media.

Part 3) The confessional feel of "Are You Listening?"

Part 4) Her use of exaggeration in conjunction to her honesty.

Part 5) Her stance on aging and beauty.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Compose a brief essay that details Bombeck's relationship with her children. Draw upon several of her essays for inspiration, while connecting one theme and idea to another (for example, her sons' personal hygiene to her discussions with them about putting away their laundry). Discuss how their relationships change and evolve, while discussing how they remain rooted in love and respect.

Essay Topic 3

Compose an essay that discusses the evolution of Bombeck's writing using "If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?" Develop a clear thesis statement and cite specific examples from the text to support your arguments. Discuss the changes in the technical aspects of her writing, her subject matter, and how her opinions did or did not change on certain topics throughout the years. Do not focus on these topics exclusively. In this essay, creating an outline to guide your work will be helpful.

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