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 once claim she would be if she did not emphasize the truthfulness in recounting her son's bad habits?

2. For what reasons would one call legal aid on an exist ramp?

3. In Bombeck's imagined game show scenario, what would the woman initially win?

4. How many versions of "The Star-Spangled Banner" did Bombeck decide should exist?

5. What did Bombeck claim to do when she saw her daughter's ears were pierced?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compose an essay on Bombeck's observations about the passage of time. Include her feelings on a quickly-moving society, the ephemeral natures of fads, and her beliefs about beauty coming with experience. Relate these ideas back to her outlook on recording her observations with candor and humor. 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

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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