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

2. What would drive a mother crazy if the child were to meet that parent at the door with this?

3. According to a magazine article in "Who Killed Apple Pie?," what was the career woman's job?

4. What did most people tell Lorraine Suggs about her situation with her family?

5. What was Bombeck unable to secure for her family in "Who Killed Apple Pie?"

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Bombeck's humor.

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

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

5. What does Bombeck hypothesize about the reasons so many marriages fail?

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

7. Who was Lionel?

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

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

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

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

How did Bombeck's writing blend together different genres? Discuss this question by analyzing the different genres in which she delves for her writing. Be sure to use examples from essays spanning through several years of her career while being guided by a strong thesis statement.

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