Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is the theme of the poem at the introduction of chapter three?
2. Where does Alice spend her childhood?
3. How does Calvin portray his wife Alice in books and magazine articles written before she dies?
4. In chapter three, Calvin includes a quote from a friend of Alice who speaks at her memorial service. Who is this person?
5. In what month and year does Calvin first meet Alice?
Short Essay Questions
1. In what ways are Calvin Trillin and Alice lucky?
2. Describe the Trillins' trip to Japan. What does their disagreement say about their marriage?
3. In chapter eight, Calvin Trillin describes an event at an airport. Explain the significance of this event.
4. Why does Calvin Trillin show his wife Alice his rough drafts?
5. Why does Alice think that marrying Calvin Trillin means she has to live a modest lifestyle?
6. What unexpected event occurs in the spring of 2001?
7. What is Alice's attitude toward spending money?
8. Name at least two causes that Alice is passionate about.
9. 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?
10. Alice lives 25 years after her initial cancer diagnosis. To what does Trillin attribute her surviving so long after being given a 10 percent chance of survival by her doctor?
Calvin Trillin states that Alice takes on a caretaker role with her parents early on in life.
Part 1) Compare and contrast the type of relationship Alice has with her parents with that of Alice's relationship with her own daughters.
Part 2) Who is a better role model, Alice or Alice's mother? Why?
Include examples from the book.
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.
Write the following essay from the first person point of view of Alice Trillin.
Part 1) Discuss your views on social activism.
Part 2) Why do you care so much about certain causes? Give a list of the ones that mean the most to you, and how you go about pursuing these causes.
Part 3) What do you hope to instill in your daughters through your social activism?
Part 4) What is wrong about being passive?
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