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 three, who writes the article that accompanies the fashion spread in which Alice is featured?

2. At the end of chapter three, Calvin describes an event in Alice's life that takes her by surprise. What happens?

3. According to Calvin, what photo of Alice appears on the cover of the program at her memorial service?

4. What is Alice's reasoning for agreeing to be photographed in a fashion issue of a magazine?

5. According to Calvin, what leads to his success in courting Alice?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Calvin Trillin's father-in-law.

4. What unexpected event occurs in the spring of 2001?

5. In chapter one, Calvin Trillin states that the stories he writes about his family can be compared what kinds of television shows?

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

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

8. In what ways are Calvin Trillin and Alice lucky?

9. In chapter seven, Calvin Trillin quotes a story written by his wife Alice about her experience at a camp. Why does he share this with the reader?

10. Describe what Alice means when she says that someone "doesn't have a nice life."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay in which you make an argument for or against the Alice Tax. Compare and contrast the Alice Tax with Alice's Law of Compensatory Cash Flow. Cite examples from the book in your response.

Essay Topic 2

Calvin Trillin's memoir about his wife Alice contains memories filtered by both time and emotion.

Part 1) Discuss how these elements affect Trillin's recollection of certain key events in his life with Alice.

Part 2) To what extent do you think this memoir is ...

• An objective portrait of Trillin's marriage?

• A collection of memories?

• A collection of emotions?

Cite examples from the book in your response.

Essay Topic 3

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.

(see the answer keys)

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