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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. How does Calvin characterize his father-in-law?
(a) Alice's father is realistic, responsible man.
(b) Alice's father is cold and tightfisted with his money.
(c) Alice's father is a sweet, optimistic man.
(d) Alice's father is pessimistic and irresponsible.

2. Where does Alice attend college?
(a) New York University.
(b) Hofstra University.
(c) City University of New York.
(d) Wellesley College.

3. In chapter one, what object does Alice wave in the air following Calvin's speech?
(a) A shoe.
(b) A book.
(c) A pen.
(d) A cigarette.

4. What is written on the envelope in which Alice keeps special items?
(a) Trillin Family Mementos.
(b) Memories.
(c) Treasures.
(d) Important Stuff.

5. What is the name of Calvin's youngest daughter?
(a) Sarah.
(b) Maggie.
(c) Isabelle Alice.
(d) Abigail.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the days when he is renovating his home, Trillin has this quote above his typewriter.

2. Where does Alice's father grow up?

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

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

5. How does Calvin describe the impact of Alice's beauty on her life?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the concept of talismans in the book.

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

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

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

6. In what ways is Alice Trillin a role model?

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

8. In what ways does the author reveal the effects of time and other factors on his memories?

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

10. In chapter seven, Calvin Trillin quotes a story written by his wife Alice about her experience at a camp. Why does he share this with the reader?

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