About Alice Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In chapter two, how much time passes between Calvin's first and second meeting with Alice?

2. How does Calvin characterize his father-in-law?

3. How does Calvin describe the impact of Alice's beauty on her life?

4. In chapter two, how does Calvin characterize his behavior during his second meeting with Alice?

5. In Calvin's second poem in chapter three, he likens Alice to which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

1. In chapter two, Calvin Trillin draws a parallel in the relationship between the novelist Dick Francis and his late wife Mary and Trillin's own marriage to Alice. Explain.

2. In what ways are Alice's looks, coupled with the superficial facts about her background, misleading?

3. In what ways is Alice's beauty a hardship?

4. In chapter two, Calvin Trillin reveals that he never stops trying to impress his wife Alice. Give an example of this.

5. In what ways do you think Alice serves as Calvin Trillin's muse? Include characteristics that inspire his writing.

6. When Calvin Trillin describes the first time he sees Alice in chapter two, what does he say is the first thing that strikes him about her? Is it simply her attractiveness, or something else?

7. In chapter one, the reader learns that there is one condolence letter that makes Calvin Trillin laugh. Why?

8. Calvin Trillin states that from the day he meets Alice, he never stops trying to impress her. Why?

9. What is one positive quality that Alice inherits from her father? Why do you think this quality is especially beneficial to Alice?

10. What event causes Alice to feel as though she loses her looks?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write about the levels of perseverance exhibited by Alice and Calvin.

Part 1) In what ways does Alice or Calvin exhibit perseverance?

Part 2) What keeps them hopeful?

Part 3) Do either person ever lose hope? If so, when? What is the outcome?

Cite examples from the book in your response.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay in which you discuss the Trillin family mottos of "Pull Up Your Socks" and "No Kvetching". What do these mottos say about their values? In what ways does Alice live her life in accordance with these mottos?

Essay Topic 3

Both Abigail and Sarah grow up to have careers in social work.

• According to Trillin, which parent influence Abigail and Sarah more? Why?

• In what ways does this parent influence Abigail and Sarah?

Cite examples from the book in your response.

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