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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which statement best describes Alice's upbringing?
(a) Alice is poor and lives in squalor in a basement apartment in New York City.
(b) Alice is spoiled. She grows up in a house with a backyard swimming pool and a basement bowling alley.
(c) Alice is not popular in school. She is the class brain and is virtually never asked out.
(d) Alice is a pampered and wealthy girl who is captain of her cheerleading team.

2. Where does Calvin keep one of the photos of Alice from the article in chapter three?
(a) On his mantle.
(b) On his desk.
(c) On his living room wall.
(d) On his bedside table.

3. Who writes the condolence letter that makes Calvin laugh?
(a) Roger Wilkins.
(b) Mina Shaughnessy.
(c) Dick Francis.
(d) Richard Harris.

4. In chapter three, what is the name of the publication in which Alice is featured in a fashion spread?
(a) The New Yorker.
(b) Monocle.
(c) Times Magazine.
(d) Time.

5. In what year does Alice die?
(a) 1976.
(b) 1990.
(c) 2001.
(d) 2006.

6. In the days when he is renovating his home, Trillin has this quote above his typewriter.
(a) "Time is money."
(b) "Words Is Money."
(c) "Money doesn't grow on trees."
(d) "Writing doesn't pay."

7. In chapter three, who writes the article that accompanies the fashion spread in which Alice is featured?
(a) Alice Trillin.
(b) Calvin.
(c) Nora Ephron.
(d) Mina Shaughnessy.

8. What disease does Alice's mother suffer from?
(a) Lung cancer.
(b) Emphysema.
(c) Ovarian cancer.
(d) Alzheimer's.

9. Of the following, which does Calvin NOT list among those Alice frequently takes care of?
(a) Stray animals.
(b) Cancer patients.
(c) Alice's children.
(d) Alice's parents.

10. How old is Alice when she is asked to be photographed by Doug Kirkland and model spring fashions in a magazine?
(a) Fifty.
(b) Twenty-two.
(c) Nineteen.
(d) Thirty-five.

11. In chapter two, how does Calvin characterize his behavior during his second meeting with Alice?
(a) A desperate comedy routine.
(b) A winning job interview.
(c) A rough draft in need of edits.
(d) A boring college lecture.

12. What reasons does Calvin give for stating that "Alice doesn't look like who she is"?
(a) Alice looks like a dietitian, but in actuality she is a talented writer.
(b) Alice is known as the class beauty and most popular cheerleader in high school.
(c) Alice is seriously pampered and snooty in high school.
(d) Alice is not pampered or snooty, despite the fact that she grows up in an affluent town and attends a prestigious college.

13. What is the first thing that strikes Calvin about Alice when he sees her for the first time?
(a) Alice is so very pretty.
(b) Alice is opinionated.
(c) Alice looks more alive than anyone he sees.
(d) Alice is talkative.

14. According to Calvin, why does Alice take out bank loans in her twenties?
(a) Alice takes out bank loans to tide her father over when he is low on money.
(b) Alice takes out bank loans to pay for her cancer treatment.
(c) Alice takes out bank loans to finance her work with disadvantaged students.
(d) Alice takes out bank loans to invest in her father's vending machine invention.

15. In chapter three, Calvin includes a quote from a friend of Alice who speaks at her memorial service. Who is this person?
(a) Nora Ephron.
(b) Mina Shaughnessy.
(c) Alice's father.
(d) Mary Francis.

Short Answer Questions

1. At the end of chapter two, Calvin states that he is reviewing the galleys of a book. What is the book's subject?

2. According to Calvin, what kinds of men are attracted to Alice?

3. How many siblings does Alice have?

4. What is the headline for Alice's obituary in the Times?

5. What is the first book that Calvin writes after he meets Alice?

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