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I Stand Here Ironing

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
Chicken pox
Q. At school, Emily was referred to as which of the following?

A slow learner
A natural-born leader
Class clown
Q. What did Emily win at school?

The science fair
The spelling bee
The talent show
The dance-off
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