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 child need in order to come home from college in "How to Speak Child Fluently?"

2. What was the name of Bombeck's son's paper?

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

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

5. Why would Bombeck have felt self-conscious during "Constitutionality of Drive-in Windows?"

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Discuss the subtle subversions in Bombeck's writing. Points to consider include her subjects, the time in which she wrote these essays, and her handling of serious matters in a light-hearted manner. Also, analyze how these attitudes are reflected in her children as they grow up and how her messages were affected by her success and national syndication. Develop a clear thesis statement and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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