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 would amaze Bombeck about the game shows?

2. Of what would Bombeck find remnants of in handbags from her mother?

3. During "Search and Seizure Rights in the Laundry Room," what did Bombeck's son claim was impossible for him to do?

4. When "[staggering] the IRS men", what would a winning game show contestant be carrying?

5. What did Bombeck cite as being a problem with "The Star Spangled Banner?"

Short Essay Questions

1. What prank did Bombeck's husband play on her in "Register Camera Nuts" and how did she react?

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

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

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

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

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

7. For what reasons did Bombeck decide that there should be two versions of "The Star-Spangled Banner?"

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

9. Discuss Bombeck's analogy of children in "How to Speak Child Fluently."

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Bombeck's relationship with her readers in the following format:

Part 1) Honesty and candor in writing.

Part 2) Discussion of universal truths amongst parents.

Part 3) Treating others with complete respect.

Part 4) Characterizing herself as confused.

Part 5) Practicing and discussing issues of morality and acceptance.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss aspects of Bombeck's writing techniques in the following format:

Part 1) Exaggeration.

Part 2) Subversion of cliches.

Part 3) Analogies.

Part 4) Nostalgia without the saccharine undertones.

Part 5) Honesty.

Compose a strong thesis and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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