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. In chapter five, Alice is quoted as saying the following about her mother:

2. Which phrase best describes Alice's religious views?

3. According to Calvin, Alice believes which one of the following statements to be true?

4. Of the following, which one best describes Calvin and Alice's first home?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Calvin Trillin, what makes a person an intellectual?

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

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

4. Why does Alice think that marrying Calvin Trillin means she has to live a modest lifestyle?

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

6. Explain the Alice Tax.

7. What is Alice's attitude toward cigarettes?

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

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

10. Describe what Alice means when she says that someone "doesn't have a nice life."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Both Abigail and Sarah grow up to have careers in social work.

• According to Trillin, which parent influence Abigail and Sarah more? Why?

• In what ways does this parent influence Abigail and Sarah?

Cite examples from the book in your response.

Essay Topic 2

Do you agree with Trillin's definition of an intellectual in About Alice? Why or why not?

Part 1) According to Trillin, in what ways is Alice an intellectual?

Part 2) Does Trillin believe he is intellectually superior to Alice? Why or why not?

Include specific references to the book to support your essay.

Essay Topic 3

Does Alice believe she is accurately portrayed in Trillin's books and articles?

• Compare and contrast Trillin's portrayal of his wife in About Alice to the character in his previous works.

• Include specific examples of Alice's real-life qualities, as provided in the memoir.

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