About Alice Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is one of the most negative words that Alice uses to describe a person?

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

4. What advice does Calvin receive in the 1960s from an older writer at work?

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

Essay 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

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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