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

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

4. Which one of the following statements is true?

5. What is the name of the City College program in which Alice teaches under-prepared students?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

4. Explain the Alice Tax.

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

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

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

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

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

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 an essay explaining the secret that Alice learns from a little girl named L. at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. What special meaning does this lesson carry for Alice? In what ways is L. similar to Alice in the way she lives her life? 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

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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