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," what did Bombeck decide she would rather do as opposed to getting out of her car?

2. For what offense would Bombeck not be convicted, according to "Register Camera Nuts?"

3. In "A Baby's Bill of Rights," for what offense would Bombeck assign a penalty?

4. From what months did Bombeck claim to always be cold?

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

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

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

4. What were Bombeck's beliefs about kissing?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compose a brief essay that details Bombeck's relationship with her children. Draw upon several of her essays for inspiration, while connecting one theme and idea to another (for example, her sons' personal hygiene to her discussions with them about putting away their laundry). Discuss how their relationships change and evolve, while discussing how they remain rooted in love and respect.

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

Discuss Bombeck's ability to transcend the stereotypes of the housewife and her methods of celebrating the position. It would be helpful to compare her earlier essays to her later essays. Develop a clear thesis statement and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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