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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 does Bombeck compare children in "How to Speak Child Fluently?"
2. What space flight did Bombeck mention in "Gametime?"
3. In the theoretical game show scenario, what would the winning currency be?
4. How many people did Bombeck cite as being necessary for driving a shopping cart?
5. In Bombeck's son's example of his mother's lessons in logic, what would prevent a child from not being allowed to go to the store?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe "Things My Mother Taught Me" and how it made Bombeck feel.
2. What were Bombeck's observations in regards to shopping carts?
3. How did Bombeck sum up her theories on the future of game show contestants in her theoretical game show?
4. Why was Bombeck always consistently cold in "The Right to Declare War?"
5. What is significant about Bombeck's discovery of false eyelashes in purses from her mother?
6. In "Warning: Families May Be Dangerous To Your Health," what were signs that Bombeck's son was growing up?
7. What was the story behind the note in "Warning: Families May Be Dangerous To Your Healthy."
8. How did Bombeck's husband humorously skewer the idealization of her analogy in "How to Speak Child Fluently"?
9. In "Joe Carter's Jubilance and Excitement Seminar," what are some of Bombeck's five aspects of decorum?
10. What are some parts of "A Baby's Bill of Rights?"
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 3
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.
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