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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 novelist.
(b) Alice's mother is a model.
(c) Alice's mother is a teacher.
(d) Alice's mother is a secretary.

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

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

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

5. According to Calvin, which of the following best describes Alice at age fifty?
(a) Alice looks older than she is, due to her illness.
(b) Alice looks like a dietitian in sensible shoes.
(c) Alice looks young for her age and still attracts men.
(d) Alice looks just like her mother.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Alice spend her childhood?

2. Calvin claims that the first time he sees Alice, he detects what quality about her heritage?

3. Where does Alice attend college?

4. Which phrase best characterizes the relationship that Alice has with her parents?

5. In chapter one, Calvin includes an excerpt from a letter that Alice writes to a woman who is victimized. What Shakespeare play does she reference in her letter?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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.

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

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