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

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

3. Trillin states that his goddaughter marries into a family with some involvement in what kind of industry?

4. What is Alice's phrase for living in surroundings that are less than nice?

5. Where does Calvin and Alice purchase their first home?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What reasons does Mina Shaughnessy give to justify her choice of clothing?

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

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

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

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

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.

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