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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. At the end of chapter three, Calvin tells a story about Alice in which she makes an annual trip to which of the following locations?

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

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

4. Alice tells her husband that he peaks in which year?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Choose one of the following essay topics:

• Is there a thesis statement in Trillin's memoir? If so, state it, along with supporting evidence.

• Discuss the parallels between Dick Francis and his wife Mary, and Calvin Trillin and his wife Alice. What is the point Trillin is making here? In what ways does he circle back to this point again and again throughout the memoir?

• Discuss the significance of Alice's statement that Trillin is "never again as funny as you are that night" (pg. 14.) Is Alice challenging her husband with this statement? If so, in what way?

Cite examples from the book in your response.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the theme of money in About Alice.

Part 1) What is Alice's attitude toward spending money? (Include the Alice Tax and Alice's Law of Compensatory Cash Flow in your response.)

Part 2) What is Calvin's attitude toward spending money? (Include Calvin's theory on writing the mortgage check.)

Compare and contrast the views of Alice and Calvin regarding money. To what extent are they products of their respective upbringings? Is money a source of conflict for them?

Cite examples from the book in your response.

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