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. In "Why Can't Our Average Little Family Get Their Own TV Series?" what exists in order to break up the action of a piece?

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

3. According to Bombeck, after driving the mother crazy, what would happen to the father if a child were to meet them at the door after work?

4. What was Bombeck worried that scientists would discover?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What annoyances does Bombeck describe in "If You Thought the Wedding Was Bad?"

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

3. What was the purpose of the article about the female architect and how did it make Bombeck feel as a result?

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

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

6. Discuss I. Dunno.

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 ability to transcend the stereotypes of the housewife and her methods of celebrating the position. It would be helpful to compare her earlier essays to her later essays. Develop a clear thesis statement and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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