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 did Bombeck claim mothers always have a hard time getting right when it came to their children?

2. Which of the following did Bombeck not claim to do as a reaction to the "Great Caffeine Drought of 1942?"

3. For what title would Bombeck like to have nominated Tom Suggs?

4. To what event did Bombeck refer to as the "Great Caffeine Drought of 1942?"

5. Of what did Lorraine Suggs accuse her husband?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "Who Killed Apple Pie?", what does Bombeck say started to happen to housewives and what was the result?

2. Who is Lorraine Suggs?

3. Describe Bombeck's tennis tips in "The Varicose Open."

4. What did Bombeck point out about people's perceptions of Tom and Lorraine Suggs?

5. What was Bombeck's reaction to her daughter's announcement about the bill in Congress in "Have a Good Day?"

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

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

8. According to Bombeck, what was the result of the coffee boycott in 1942?

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

10. What did Bombeck note as being the difference between her family and sitcom families in "Why Can't Our Average Little Family Get Their Own TV Series?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Compose an essay on Bombeck's observations about the passage of time. Include her feelings on a quickly-moving society, the ephemeral natures of fads, and her beliefs about beauty coming with experience. Relate these ideas back to her outlook on recording her observations with candor and humor. Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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