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 assumption does Alice make before she marries Calvin?

2. Why does Alice buy a fur coat?

3. Which one of the following statements is true?

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

5. What is Alice's phrase for living in surroundings that are less than nice?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore the concept of love between a husband and wife in About Alice. Be sure to answer the following questions:

• How does Trillin portray his love for his wife?

• How does Trillin portray Alice's love for him?

• What is unique about their marriage? Is it a marriage of equals? Why or why not?

• What statement does Trillin's memoir make about his love for her?

Cite examples from the book in your response.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Calvin Trillin states that Alice takes on a caretaker role with her parents early on in life.

Part 1) Compare and contrast the type of relationship Alice has with her parents with that of Alice's relationship with her own daughters.

Part 2) Who is a better role model, Alice or Alice's mother? Why?

Include examples from the book.

(see the answer keys)

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