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. To what question was "I. Dontcare" the response?

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

3. What did Bombeck claim to threaten her children with if they were to have company over while the parents were away?

4. What were children still unaware of, according to Bombeck, in "At What Age Is a Child Capable of Dressing Himself"?

5. For what reasons did Bombeck want to recognize Lorraine Suggs as a mother?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What were Bombeck's beliefs about kissing?

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

4. Describe the power shift Bombed described in "When Did I Become the Mother and the Mother Become the Child."

5. Why was Bombeck's son resistant to putting away his clean laundry?

6. For what reasons is "Mike and the Grass" a nostalgic, sad story?

7. What are some parts of "A Baby's Bill of Rights?"

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

9. What prank did Bombeck's husband play on her in "Register Camera Nuts" and how did she react?

10. Describe two parts of Bombeck's vacation laws.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is important to note about Bombeck's portrayal of different people, including her family, in her essays ? Discuss how her handling of these people reveal not only her love and respect, but her views on society. Develop a clear thesis statement and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze Bombeck's persona. Focus on her neuroses, intelligence, and how she claimed to have been frequently perplexed by her family and society. Develop a clear thesis statement and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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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