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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where does Alice's father grow up?
(a) New York City.
(b) Rural North Carolina.
(c) New York's Westchester County.
(d) Nova Scotia.

2. At the end of chapter two, Calvin states that he is reviewing the galleys of a book. What is the book's subject?
(a) Eating in New York restaurants.
(b) Bicycling in New York.
(c) Riding a bus in New York.
(d) Parking in New York.

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

4. Alice tells her husband that he peaks in which year?
(a) 1963.
(b) 1999.
(c) 1976.
(d) 1950.

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

6. At the end of chapter three, Calvin describes an event in Alice's life that takes her by surprise. What happens?
(a) Alice does not remember how to get home from the plant nursery.
(b) Alice is stopped for speeding by a police officer, and receives a ticket.
(c) Alice is not asked for her identification at a bar.
(d) Alice is stopped for speeding by a police officer and does not receive a ticket.

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

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

9. When does Calvin read the obituary of Dick Francis' wife?
(a) A year before Alice dies.
(b) A year after Alice dies.
(c) The year before Alice's bypass surgery.
(d) The year Alice is diagnosed with lung cancer.

10. According to Calvin, what does Alice exclaim when encountering a deer in a forest?
(a) "Beauty!"
(b) "Rodent!"
(c) "Wowsers!"
(d) "Where is my camera?"

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

12. 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.

13. In chapter two, what fact about Dick Francis and his wife does Calvin share with the reader?
(a) Francis and his wife meet at a magazine party.
(b) Francis' wife is a frequent character in her husband's books.
(c) Francis is serious, and his wife never stops trying to impress him.
(d) Francis relies on his wife to help him produce his books.

14. In Calvin's second poem in chapter three, he likens Alice to which of the following?
(a) A fast driver.
(b) A lass from Generation X.
(c) A World War II nurse.
(d) A dietitian in sensible shoes.

15. What is the name of the Calvin's eldest daughter?
(a) Sarah.
(b) Mary.
(c) Maggie.
(d) Abigail.

Short Answer Questions

1. In chapter two, how much time passes between Calvin's first and second meeting with Alice?

2. According to Calvin, he never stops trying to do what?

3. According to Calvin, why does he show Alice everything he writes in rough draft?

4. In what year does Alice die?

5. In chapter three, what is the name of the publication in which Alice is featured in a fashion spread?

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