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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 the first book that Calvin writes after he meets Alice?
(a) A mystery novel.
(b) A romance novel.
(c) A collection of comic short stories.
(d) A biography.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the first thing that strikes Calvin about Alice when he sees her for the first time?

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

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

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

5. How many siblings does Alice have?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In what ways are Alice's looks, coupled with the superficial facts about her background, misleading?

4. In chapter three, why does Alice accept the request to be photographed in a fashion issue of a magazine?

5. 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?

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

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

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

9. When Calvin Trillin describes the first time he sees Alice in chapter two, what does he say is the first thing that strikes him about her? Is it simply her attractiveness, or something else?

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

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