About Alice Test | Final 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. Which of the following statements about Alice is true?

2. According to Calvin, his father is appalled by what kind of people?

3. In chapter five, Trillin states that he once gives a speech at the annual dinner for which organization?

4. What is Alice's Law of Compensatory Cash Flow?

5. In chapter five, which movie is referenced?

Short Essay Questions

1. In chapter six, explain Calvin Trillin's theory about the person who makes out the mortgage check in a marriage.

2. What is Alice's attitude toward spending money?

3. What is the SEEK program? Why is it important to Alice?

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

5. Does Alice ever exercise restraint when it comes to controversial subjects?

6. In what ways are Calvin Trillin and Alice lucky?

7. Explain the Alice Tax.

8. True or false: Alice shies away from taboo subjects. Explain your answer.

9. Why does Calvin Trillin show his wife Alice his rough drafts?

10. Compare Calvin Trillin's father to Alice's.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Choose one of the following essay topics:

• Is there a thesis statement in Trillin's memoir? If so, state it, along with supporting evidence.

• Discuss the parallels between Dick Francis and his wife Mary, and Calvin Trillin and his wife Alice. What is the point Trillin is making here? In what ways does he circle back to this point again and again throughout the memoir?

• Discuss the significance of Alice's statement that Trillin is "never again as funny as you are that night" (pg. 14.) Is Alice challenging her husband with this statement? If so, in what way?

Cite examples from the book in your response.

(see the answer keys)

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