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. To what does Bombeck compare children in "How to Speak Child Fluently?"

2. In "Warning: Families May Be Dangerous To Your Health," what did Bombeck's son need to return to school?

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

4. What did Bombeck once claim she would be if she did not emphasize the truthfulness in recounting her son's bad habits?

5. What law did Bombeck decide should exist in "Register Camera Nuts?"

Short Essay Questions

1. What were some trends Bombeck hoped were on the way out and how did she admit to ultimately feeling about certain fads?

2. What is "Inspector 56?"

3. What is significant about Bombeck's discovery of false eyelashes in purses from her mother?

4. For what reasons was Bombeck always self-conscious about using the drive-in at a bank?

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

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

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

8. What are some of the fashions Bombeck discusses in "Fashions and Fads that Underwhelmed Me"?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How did Bombeck's writing blend together different genres? Discuss this question by analyzing the different genres in which she delves for her writing. Be sure to use examples from essays spanning through several years of her career while being guided by a strong thesis statement.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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