I Stand Here Ironing
by Tillie Olsen
I Stand Here Ironing: Strike While the Iron Is Hot Quiz
Think you’ve got your head wrapped around I Stand Here Ironing? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. For what was Emily in the hospital when Susan was born?
A freak juggling accident
Q. At school, Emily was referred to as which of the following?
A slow learner
A natural-born leader
Q. What did Emily win at school?
The science fair
The spelling bee
The talent show
Q. What does Emily do when she gets home?
Fixes herself something to eat
Demands that her mother stop talking about her
Tends to the crying baby
Performs a musical number (and…jazz hands)
Q. What does the narrator hope for Emily?
That she’ll get a job and move out
That she’ll come to view herself as a valuable creation
That she’ll make the baby stop crying
That she’ll take over the ironing