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. Ultimately, why would Bombeck's winner in her game show scenario have been disqualified?

3. Which of the following is not a fad listed by Bombed as trends that she knew would soon go away?

4. In Bombeck's analogy for children, why is their success bittersweet?

5. Per the aspect of decorum, how must a winning contestant act when they win a car?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How did Bombeck's husband humorously skewer the idealization of her analogy in "How to Speak Child Fluently"?

6. What were Bombeck's observations in regards to shopping carts?

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

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

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

10. What was the story behind the note in "Warning: Families May Be Dangerous To Your Healthy."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Bombeck's emphasis on honesty and candor at all times in the following format:

Part 1) Portrayals of her family.

Part 2) The artifice of game shows, plus the intrusion of the media.

Part 3) The confessional feel of "Are You Listening?"

Part 4) Her use of exaggeration in conjunction to her honesty.

Part 5) Her stance on aging and beauty.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Bombeck's stance on holding respect for others in the following format:

Part 1) Respect between parents and children.

Part 2) A Baby's Bill of Rights.

Part 3) The artificiality of the media.

Part 4) The woman on the airplane in "Are You Listening?"

Part 5) Her relationships with her children, husband, and mother.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

What is important to note about Bombeck's portrayal of different people, including her family, in her essays ? Discuss how her handling of these people reveal not only her love and respect, but her views on society. Develop a clear thesis statement and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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