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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. What is the name of the magazine that hosts the party where Calvin first meets Alice?

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

3. What is Alice's maiden name?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

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

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

4. Does Alice believe she is accurately portrayed in Trillin's books and articles? Briefly describe why or why not.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on any one of the following aspects of Alice's beauty.

Part 1) Discuss the power and influence of Alice's beauty. How does it affect others? What opportunities does it afford her? What challenges does it bring?

Part 2) Alice is an outspoken, politically active woman who is a young woman during the time of the Feminism movement in the United States. Do you think that Alice's beauty and concern for her appearance make her unique in that context? If so, in what ways?

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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