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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. How old is Alice when she is asked to be photographed by Doug Kirkland and model spring fashions in a magazine?

2. What is the headline in the magazine article in which Alice is featured as a model at the age of thirty-five?

3. According to Calvin, what does Alice exclaim when encountering a deer in a forest?

4. Calvin claims that the first time he sees Alice, he detects what quality about her heritage?

5. Calvin states that he and his wife disagree about which of the following details from the night when they first meet?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In chapter seven, Trillin recalls a time when Abigail and Sarah Trillin are living far from New York. Where are they living, and why does Alice consider moving closer to them?

3. What does Alice keep in her Important Things envelope? Why are the things inside it so important to her?

4. In what ways are Calvin Trillin and his wife Alice similar? In what ways are they different?

5. Why does Alice love the letter she receives from Bruno?

6. In chapter eight, Calvin Trillin describes an event at an airport. Explain the significance of this event.

7. Does Calvin Trillin agree with his wife Alice about the importance of attending their children's school plays and eating dinner together? Why or why not?

8. What does Alice think about the concept of joining a club? In what way does her childhood play a role in forming her opinion?

9. In what ways does the author reveal the effects of time and other factors on his memories?

10. In chapter six, explain Calvin Trillin's theory about the person who makes out the mortgage check in a marriage.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write the following essay from the first person point of view of Alice Trillin.

Part 1) Discuss your views on social activism.

Part 2) Why do you care so much about certain causes? Give a list of the ones that mean the most to you, and how you go about pursuing these causes.

Part 3) What do you hope to instill in your daughters through your social activism?

Part 4) What is wrong about being passive?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on any one of the following aspects of Alice's beauty.

Part 1) Discuss the power and influence of Alice's beauty. How does it affect others? What opportunities does it afford her? What challenges does it bring?

Part 2) Alice is an outspoken, politically active woman who is a young woman during the time of the Feminism movement in the United States. Do you think that Alice's beauty and concern for her appearance make her unique in that context? If so, in what ways?

Cite examples from the book in your response.

Essay Topic 3

Select one of the major themes or subjects below from About Alice. Be sure to select a theme or subject about which you have not already written a detailed essay.

• The relationship between Calvin and Alice.

• Marriage.

• Perseverance.

• Loss.

• Cigarettes.

• Beauty

• The relationship between Alice and her parents.

• The relationship between Alice and her daughters.

• Gratitude.

• Social activism.

• Money.

• Parenthood.

Be sure to include quotes from the novel that help develop the theme.

(see the answer keys)

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