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. Who writes the condolence letter that makes Calvin laugh?

2. What is the headline for Alice's obituary in the Times?

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

4. What is Alice's mother doing for a living when she meets Alice's father?

5. In chapter one, Calvin includes an excerpt from a letter that Alice writes to a woman who is victimized. What Shakespeare play does she reference in her letter?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Chapter three contains two humorous poems about Alice. What theme do they share?

3. In chapter three, Calvin Trillin explains that Alice's role as caretaker to her parents has a positive impact on her life. How?

4. What are some of the adversities Alice faces throughout her life?

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

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

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

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

9. 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.

10. According to Calvin Trillin, Alice's beauty gives her some advantages. Explain.

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

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 3

Explore the concept of love between a husband and wife in About Alice. Be sure to answer the following questions:

• How does Trillin portray his love for his wife?

• How does Trillin portray Alice's love for him?

• What is unique about their marriage? Is it a marriage of equals? Why or why not?

• What statement does Trillin's memoir make about his love for her?

Cite examples from the book in your response.

(see the answer keys)

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