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

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

3. How does Calvin portray his wife Alice in books and magazine articles written before she dies?

4. At which institution does Alice teach English in her mid-twenties?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In chapter three, why does Alice accept the request to be photographed in a fashion issue of a magazine?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In what ways does Alice express her gratitude throughout her lifetime? What reasons does she give for being grateful? Be sure to address the following:

• How does her sense of gratitude impact others in her life?

• Do you agree with Alice's assessment that she is a lucky person?

Cite examples from the book in your response.

Essay Topic 2

Write about the messages in this memoir about parenting.

Part 1) 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?

Part 2) To what extent does Alice's parenting style differ from that of her husband?

Part 3) Why does Trilllin spend so much time on the subject of parenting in About Alice?

Part 4) Trillin provides brief glimpses into the points of view of Abigail and Sarah. What do their statements say about the parenting they receive?

Cite examples from the book in your response.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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