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

2. At the end of chapter three, Calvin describes an event in Alice's life that takes her by surprise. What happens?

3. According to Calvin, which of the following best describes Alice at age fifty?

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

5. In chapter three, who writes the article that accompanies the fashion spread in which Alice is featured?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Chapter three contains two humorous poems about Alice. What theme do they share?

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

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

5. 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.

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

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 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

Select one of the major themes or subjects below from About Alice. Be sure to select a theme or subject about which you have not already written a detailed essay.

• The relationship between Calvin and Alice.

• Marriage.

• Perseverance.

• Loss.

• Cigarettes.

• Beauty

• The relationship between Alice and her parents.

• The relationship between Alice and her daughters.

• Gratitude.

• Social activism.

• Money.

• Parenthood.

Be sure to include quotes from the novel that help develop the theme.

(see the answer keys)

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