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. According to her daughter's announcement, what was about to be made illegal because of a bill in Congress?

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

3. In what event must Bombeck's family use the manual she wrote up in "Is There Life After Mine?"

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

5. What did Bombeck's butcher continually refuse to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were some trends Bombeck hoped were on the way out and how did she admit to ultimately feeling about certain fads?

2. Describe two parts of Bombeck's vacation laws.

3. What question did Bombeck discuss in "Mother Mystique" and what was her answer?

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

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

6. What is the subject of "Killing Your Mother"?

7. What does Bombeck describe as her writing style in "The Trick Is Knowing When To Laugh"?

8. In "White Socks in a Pantyhose World," what did Bombeck worry about?

9. Describe Bombeck's humor.

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Compose an essay relating Bombeck's annoyance at the overabundance of technologies and conveniences to her values of honesty and morality. Create a clear thesis on this subject while using strong examples from the text to support your answers and conclusions.

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