Topics for short response paper:

Please respond to *one* of the following questions in 1-2 pages (double spaced; approx. 300 words).
  1. Analyze the kitchen of Laura Petrie. What does it tell you about her life and about what role women are supposed to play?

  2. Analyze how Rob Petrie is dressed. What does it tell you about his life as a husband? How does his job compare to that of Ralph Kramden from The Honeymooners?

  3. Compare Laura's kitchen to that of Alice Kramden from The Honeymooners. How are their lives different and how are they similar?
    (Or, compare Rob to Ralph.)

  4. Why is there a TV in the bedroom of the Petrie household? Consider the implications of this.

Links to the episode on YouTube: "The Sick Boy and the Sitter" (20 January 1961)
"Dear Sally Rogers" (23 February 1966); not available

Figure 1: Laura Petry with husband Rob in their kitchen, from "The Sick Boy and the Sitter" (20 January 1961)

Figure 2: Alice Kramden in her kitchen, from "TV or Not TV" (1 October 1955)

Figure 3: Rob and Laura Petrie in their bedroom, from "Dear Sally Rogers" (23 February 1966)