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. In "Constitutionality of Drive-in Windows," which of the following is not one of the places Bombeck listed as examples of when to use a drive-through window?

2. What did Bombeck predict as being the future of game show contestants?

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

4. In "Joe Carter's Jubilance and Excitement Seminar," how many aspects of decorum were listed?

5. When must a game show contestant "stay on [their] feet?"

Short Essay Questions

1. In "Warning: Families May Be Dangerous To Your Health," what were signs that Bombeck's son was growing up?

2. What were Bombeck's beliefs about kissing?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Describe two parts of Bombeck's vacation laws.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

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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