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 four, an encounter is described taking place in an elevator between Alice and a young boy with cancer. What does he say about her type of cancer?

2. Why does Calvin not want to pay the contractor more money than he originally quotes for their home project?

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

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

5. In chapter five, which movie is referenced?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is About Alice a life-affirming memoir? Why or why not? Cite examples from the book in your response.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Write an essay on any one of the following aspects of Alice's beauty.

Part 1) Discuss the power and influence of Alice's beauty. How does it affect others? What opportunities does it afford her? What challenges does it bring?

Part 2) Alice is an outspoken, politically active woman who is a young woman during the time of the Feminism movement in the United States. Do you think that Alice's beauty and concern for her appearance make her unique in that context? If so, in what ways?

Cite examples from the book in your response.

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