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 name of the club where Alice sometimes has lunch with her friend Wally Popolizio?

2. Select the city in which Calvin and Alice have a disagreement about money.

3. Where does Calvin and Alice have a summer home?

4. What is Alice's Law of Compensatory Cash Flow?

5. What is the Alice Tax?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Compare Calvin Trillin's father to Alice's.

5. What is Alice's attitude toward cigarettes?

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

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

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

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

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

Write the following essay from the first person point of view of Alice Trillin.

Part 1) Discuss your views on social activism.

Part 2) Why do you care so much about certain causes? Give a list of the ones that mean the most to you, and how you go about pursuing these causes.

Part 3) What do you hope to instill in your daughters through your social activism?

Part 4) What is wrong about being passive?

Essay Topic 3

Select one of the major themes or subjects below from About Alice. Be sure to select a theme or subject about which you have not already written a detailed essay.

• The relationship between Calvin and Alice.

• Marriage.

• Perseverance.

• Loss.

• Cigarettes.

• Beauty

• The relationship between Alice and her parents.

• The relationship between Alice and her daughters.

• Gratitude.

• Social activism.

• Money.

• Parenthood.

Be sure to include quotes from the novel that help develop the theme.

(see the answer keys)

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