Short Essay Questions
The 60 short essay questions listed in this section require a one to two sentence answer. They ask students to demonstrate a deeper understanding of the text. Students must describe what they've read, rather than just recall it.
Short Essay Question - Chapters 1-3
1. What are some of the adversities Alice faces throughout her life?
2. Calvin Trillin states that from the day he meets Alice, he never stops trying to impress her. Why?
3. In chapter one, Calvin Trillin states that the stories he writes about his family can be compared what kinds of television shows?
4. In what ways do you think Alice serves as Calvin Trillin's muse? Include characteristics that inspire his writing.
5. What does Alice keep in her Important Things envelope? Why are the things inside...
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