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 and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "Fashions and Fads that Underwhelmed Me," what aspect of fashion trends did Bombeck discuss?

2. What would amaze Bombeck about the game shows?

3. In "Illegal Possession of Junk Food," what would Bombeck sell on a trial basis to trick kids into eating better?

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

5. What did Bombeck believe a baby should be allowed to decide?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Analyze Bombeck's persona. Focus on her neuroses, intelligence, and how she claimed to have been frequently perplexed by her family and society. Develop a clear thesis statement and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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