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. Finish this sentence: Calvin states that if he works in a corporate job ...

2. In chapter five, an article on what subject in the Times enraged Alice?

3. What is the name of the camp where Alice volunteers to work with seriously ill children?

4. What is the name of the book that Alice writes based on a letter she writes?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the Alice Tax.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

In what ways does Trillin rely on his wife Alice in his professional life?

Part 1) What function does she have in Trillin's work routine?

Part 2) How is she portrayed in Trillin's writings?

Part 3) In what ways does Alice serve as a muse to her husband?

Cite examples from the book in your response.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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