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. According to Calvin, what is the definition of an intellectual?

2. According to Calvin, Alice has especially strong views about which of the following subjects?

3. Select the city in which Calvin and Alice have a disagreement about money.

4. Which one of the following statements is true?

5. According to Calvin, his wife enjoys spending money on which one of the following?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

7. What is Alice's attitude toward cigarettes?

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

9. Explain the Alice Tax.

10. In chapter four, do you think Calvin Trillin is wise to not to take the advice of his colleague?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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.

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