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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 pessimistic and irresponsible.
(b) Alice's father is a sweet, optimistic man.
(c) Alice's father is cold and tightfisted with his money.
(d) Alice's father is realistic, responsible man.

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

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

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

5. Calvin states that he and his wife disagree about which of the following details from the night when they first meet?
(a) The hat and the pipe smoke.
(b) The pipe smoke and the glow.
(c) The food and the beverages.
(d) The hat and the punch bowl.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Calvin keep one of the photos of Alice from the article in chapter three?

2. How many siblings does Alice have?

3. According to Calvin, why does Alice take out bank loans in her twenties?

4. What is Alice's maiden name?

5. In chapter two, what fact about Dick Francis and his wife does Calvin share with the reader?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. According to Calvin Trillin, Alice's beauty gives her some advantages. Explain.

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

8. Chapter three contains two humorous poems about Alice. What theme do they share?

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 draws a parallel in the relationship between the novelist Dick Francis and his late wife Mary and Trillin's own marriage to Alice. Explain.

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