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

2. Which of the following statements about Alice is true?

3. According to Calvin, his father is appalled by what kind of people?

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

5. According to Calvin, Alice has especially strong views about which of the following subjects?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay in which you discuss the Trillin family mottos of "Pull Up Your Socks" and "No Kvetching". What do these mottos say about their values? In what ways does Alice live her life in accordance with these mottos?

Essay Topic 2

Does Alice believe she is accurately portrayed in Trillin's books and articles?

• Compare and contrast Trillin's portrayal of his wife in About Alice to the character in his previous works.

• Include specific examples of Alice's real-life qualities, as provided in the memoir.

Essay Topic 3

Do you agree with Trillin's definition of an intellectual in About Alice? Why or why not?

Part 1) According to Trillin, in what ways is Alice an intellectual?

Part 2) Does Trillin believe he is intellectually superior to Alice? Why or why not?

Include specific references to the book to support your essay.

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