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. According to Bombeck, after driving the mother crazy, what would happen to the father if a child were to meet them at the door after work?

2. For what title would Bombeck like to have nominated Lorraine Suggs?

3. According to Bombeck in "Primer for Imaginative Children," what can food from the refrigerator not do?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss I. Dunno.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Who was Lionel?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss Bombeck's use of observational humor in "If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?" Focus particularly on her anecdotes about her family and how she feels particularly confused by certain trends and ideas in society.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the subtle subversions in Bombeck's writing. Points to consider include her subjects, the time in which she wrote these essays, and her handling of serious matters in a light-hearted manner. Also, analyze how these attitudes are reflected in her children as they grow up and how her messages were affected by her success and national syndication. Develop a clear thesis statement and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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