If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits? Test | Lesson Plans 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 Bombeck, what was not necessary for tennis?

2. What was Bombeck unable to secure for her family in "Who Killed Apple Pie?"

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

4. According to Bombeck, what do children wrongly believe in "Haven't I Always Loved Whatshisname Best?"

5. What is the name of the little girl about whom Bombeck speaks in "Mother Mystique"?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "Joe Carter's Jubilance and Excitement Seminar," what are some of Bombeck's five aspects of decorum?

2. Discuss Bombeck's analogy of children in "How to Speak Child Fluently."

3. For what reasons did Jackie believe game shows were bad for people?

4. Describe Bombeck's humor.

5. What is "Inspector 56?"

6. For what reasons did Bombeck decide that there should be two versions of "The Star-Spangled Banner?"

7. What happens during the "Epilogue" that helps "If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?" end on a humorous, yet nostalgic note?

8. Describe the beauty Bombeck saw in her mother in the essay, "Beauty."

9. For what reasons is "Mike and the Grass" a nostalgic, sad story?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How did Bombeck's writing blend together different genres? Discuss this question by analyzing the different genres in which she delves for her writing. Be sure to use examples from essays spanning through several years of her career while being guided by a strong thesis statement.

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

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.

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