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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 trends did Bombeck claim she had a hard time accepting fully in "Have a Good Day"?

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

3. According to Bombeck, what was the only reason a man would snore?

4. Which of the following choices did Bombeck's family apparently struggle with when it came to cooking?

5. Who was "I. Dunno," according to Bombeck?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss I. Dunno.

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

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

4. Describe Bombeck's humor.

5. According to "Primer for Imaginative Children," what had become the typical office's stance on doctor's appointments and surgeries?

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

7. With what issue did Bombeck struggle in "The Varicose Open" and why?

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

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

10. Who is Lorraine Suggs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 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

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.

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