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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's mother, why did she name her daughter "Erma"?

2. According to Bombeck's list of guidelines that determine whether a child should call their parent at work, the amount of what substance ought to be evaluated to constitute an emergency?

3. In "If You Thought the Wedding Was Bad," what was the problem not discussed that destroyed marriages?

4. According to Bombeck, what could her mother never get right about her, despite her status as an only child?

5. Of what did Lorraine Suggs accuse her husband?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who was Lionel?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Discuss I. Dunno.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Discuss how Bombeck's success as a columnist was directly tied to the time period in which she wrote. Analyze the criticism she faced for her gender and seeming lack of feminism. Develop a clear thesis statement in order to discuss these questions and cite specific examples from the text to help support your answers.

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