If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits? Test | Final 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 did Bombeck's husband think of her analogy in "How to Speak Child Fluently?"

2. What joke did Bombeck's husband once play on her in "Register Camera Nuts?"

3. In the theoretical game show scenario, what would the winning currency be?

4. What did Bombeck believe a baby should be allowed to decide?

5. In "Fashions and Fads that Underwhelmed Me," what aspect of fashion trends did Bombeck discuss?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Bombeck's theoretical game show, what would lead to the winning contestant winning a mink coat?

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

3. How did Bombeck sum up her theories on the future of game show contestants in her theoretical game show?

4. Describe "Things My Mother Taught Me" and how it made Bombeck feel.

5. In "Joe Carter's Jubilance and Excitement Seminar," what are some of Bombeck's five aspects of decorum?

6. What were Bombeck's beliefs about kissing?

7. What impressed Bombeck most about the women on game shows?

8. What was Bombeck's plan to get children to eat healthier in "Illegal Possession of Junk Food?"

9. Why was Bombeck always consistently cold in "The Right to Declare War?"

10. For what reasons did Jackie believe game shows were bad for people?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compose an essay on Bombeck's observations about the passage of time. Include her feelings on a quickly-moving society, the ephemeral natures of fads, and her beliefs about beauty coming with experience. Relate these ideas back to her outlook on recording her observations with candor and humor. Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Bombeck's ability to transcend the stereotypes of the housewife and her methods of celebrating the position. It would be helpful to compare her earlier essays to her later essays. Develop a clear thesis statement and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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