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

2. Why did Bombeck want to recognize Tom Suggs in her column?

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

4. To what event did Bombeck refer to as the "Great Caffeine Drought of 1942?"

5. What did Bombeck's mother ask for in "Why Can't Our Average Little Family Get Their Own TV Series?" when Bombeck puts a halt to all of the action?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who is Lorraine Suggs?

4. 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?

5. Describe Bombeck's tennis tips in "The Varicose Open."

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

7. Who was Lionel?

8. What did Bombeck note as being the difference between her family and sitcom families in "Why Can't Our Average Little Family Get Their Own TV Series?"

9. Discuss I. Dunno.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compose an essay that discusses the evolution of Bombeck's writing using "If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?" Develop a clear thesis statement and cite specific examples from the text to support your arguments. Discuss the changes in the technical aspects of her writing, her subject matter, and how her opinions did or did not change on certain topics throughout the years. Do not focus on these topics exclusively. In this essay, creating an outline to guide your work will be helpful.

Essay Topic 2

Write a brief essay that details Bombeck's relationship to the media. Discuss her ideas on game shows, magazine articles that raise expectations for working parents, and different trends. Conversely, discuss her ironic reliance on the media to allow her work to be heard.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Bombeck's relationship with her readers in the following format:

Part 1) Honesty and candor in writing.

Part 2) Discussion of universal truths amongst parents.

Part 3) Treating others with complete respect.

Part 4) Characterizing herself as confused.

Part 5) Practicing and discussing issues of morality and acceptance.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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