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. What is the SEEK program acronym stand for?

2. What is one of Alice's pet peeves?

3. In what publication is Alice's op-ed article on the subject of a smoking ban in New York City published?

4. In chapter six, Calvin describes a home renovation project. Who acts as the project manager?

5. What assumption does Alice make before she marries Calvin?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain the Alice Tax.

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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.

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