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. What is written on the envelope in which Alice keeps special items?

2. According to Calvin, why does he show Alice everything he writes in rough draft?

3. In what year does Alice die?

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

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

2. Describe what Alice means when she says that someone "doesn't have a nice life."

3. Why does Alice believe that "Herbie" deserves to be paid more than what he originally quoted for his contracting services?

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

5. Name at least two causes that Alice is passionate about.

6. 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?

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

8. In chapter five, following Alice's bypass operation, what warning does Alice's surgeon give Calvin Trillin?

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

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

Essay 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 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

Write an essay explaining the secret that Alice learns from a little girl named L. at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. What special meaning does this lesson carry for Alice? In what ways is L. similar to Alice in the way she lives her life? Cite examples from the book in your response.

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