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. What is the name of the book that Alice writes based on a letter she writes?

2. What is the SEEK program acronym stand for?

3. In what publication is Alice's op-ed article on the subject of a smoking ban in New York City published?

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

5. What does Calvin's father do for a living?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Alice believes that all people are capable of learning and can be taught new things, regardless of their background, provided they have the desire. Do you agree? Why or why not?

5. Explain the Alice Tax.

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

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

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

9. What is the one thing that Alice forbids her teenage daughters from doing?

10. Describe the Trillins' trip to Japan. What does their disagreement say about their marriage?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore the concept of love between a husband and wife in About Alice. Be sure to answer the following questions:

• How does Trillin portray his love for his wife?

• How does Trillin portray Alice's love for him?

• What is unique about their marriage? Is it a marriage of equals? Why or why not?

• What statement does Trillin's memoir make about his love for her?

Cite examples from the book in your response.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Calvin Trillin's memoir about his wife Alice contains memories filtered by both time and emotion.

Part 1) Discuss how these elements affect Trillin's recollection of certain key events in his life with Alice.

Part 2) To what extent do you think this memoir is ...

• An objective portrait of Trillin's marriage?

• A collection of memories?

• A collection of emotions?

Cite examples from the book in your response.

(see the answer keys)

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