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 Bombeck's son's example of his mother's lessons in logic, what would prevent a child from not being allowed to go to the store?

2. Who did Bombeck claim to have discovered as her clothing designer?

3. Where would the winning contestant's trip take them in Bombeck's game show scenario?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. For what reasons was Bombeck always self-conscious about using the drive-in at a bank?

6. What were Bombeck's beliefs about kissing?

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

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

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

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 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

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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