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

Write an essay about "Are You Listening?" Discuss the action of this story, as well as Bombeck's reasoning for sharing her experiences, despite her admittedly less than patient behavior. Discuss this essay by comparing it to different circumstances which showcase Bombeck's admitted fallibility with being a patient person and how she hoped to spread her learned lesson to her readers. Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Compose an essay discussing Bombeck's reliance on her humor to understand and comfort herself through different periods in her life. Focus on how it is related to her self-characterization as a perpetually confused naif, her children growing up, and her relationship to her readers. Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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