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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Alice's mother doing for a living when she meets Alice's father?
(a) Alice's mother is a secretary.
(b) Alice's mother is a teacher.
(c) Alice's mother is a novelist.
(d) Alice's mother is a model.

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) Riding a bus in New York.
(b) Bicycling in New York.
(c) Eating in New York restaurants.
(d) Parking in New York.

3. What does Alice's father do for a living?
(a) Alice's father is a coal miner.
(b) Alice's father is a vending machine repairman.
(c) Alice's father is a researcher.
(d) Alice's father is a self-taught inventor.

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

5. According to Calvin, he never stops trying to do what?
(a) Impress Alice.
(b) Gain Alice's trust.
(c) Remember what Alice is wearing the night he meets her.
(d) Come out of his shell.

Short Answer Questions

1. Calvin states that he never sees Alice read which type of magazine?

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

3. According to Calvin, what does Alice exclaim when encountering a deer in a forest?

4. At the end of chapter three, Calvin describes an event in Alice's life that takes her by surprise. What happens?

5. What disease does Alice's mother suffer from?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some of the adversities Alice faces throughout her life?

2. In chapter three, Calvin Trillin explains that Alice's role as caretaker to her parents has a positive impact on her life. How?

3. In chapter one, Trillin reveals that although his readers become familiar with Alice as a sensible, somewhat serious character in his books and articles, they never really know her. Why?

4. In chapter one, the reader learns that there is one condolence letter that makes Calvin Trillin laugh. Why?

5. In what ways is Alice's beauty a hardship?

6. What does Alice keep in her Important Things envelope? Why are the things inside it so important to her?

7. In what ways do you think Alice serves as Calvin Trillin's muse? Include characteristics that inspire his writing.

8. In chapter one, Calvin Trillin states that the stories he writes about his family can be compared what kinds of television shows?

9. Calvin Trillin states that from the day he meets Alice, he never stops trying to impress her. Why?

10. In chapter two, Calvin Trillin reveals that he never stops trying to impress his wife Alice. Give an example of this.

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