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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 many siblings does Alice have?

2. How does Calvin characterize his father-in-law?

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

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

5. In chapter one, what object does Alice wave in the air following Calvin's speech?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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.

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

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

6. When Calvin Trillin describes the first time he sees Alice in chapter two, what does he say is the first thing that strikes him about her? Is it simply her attractiveness, or something else?

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

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

9. In chapter one, Trillin reveals that although his readers become familiar with Alice as a sensible, somewhat serious character in his books and articles, they never really know her. Why?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Is About Alice a life-affirming memoir? Why or why not? Cite examples from the book in your response.

Essay Topic 3

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.

(see the answer keys)

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