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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. Alice tells her husband that he peaks in which year?

2. Calvin claims that the first time he sees Alice, he detects what quality about her heritage?

3. How old is Alice when she is asked to be photographed by Doug Kirkland and model spring fashions in a magazine?

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

5. What is the theme of the poem at the introduction of chapter three?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

9. Describe Calvin Trillin's father-in-law.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In what ways does Trillin rely on his wife Alice in his professional life?

Part 1) What function does she have in Trillin's work routine?

Part 2) How is she portrayed in Trillin's writings?

Part 3) In what ways does Alice serve as a muse to her husband?

Cite examples from the book in your response.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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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