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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. Where does Calvin keep one of the photos of Alice from the article in chapter three?
(a) On his living room wall.
(b) On his mantle.
(c) On his bedside table.
(d) On his desk.

2. Alice tells her husband that he peaks in which year?
(a) 1963.
(b) 1999.
(c) 1950.
(d) 1976.

3. Which phrase best characterizes the relationship that Alice has with her parents?
(a) Alice's parents solve all of her problems for her.
(b) Alice acts as caretaker to her parents.
(c) Alice is spoiled. She is the center of her parent's lives.
(d) Alice admires her parents and models her own parenting style on theirs.

4. How does Calvin portray his wife Alice in books and magazine articles written before she dies?
(a) The wicked witch.
(b) The cancer victim.
(c) The voice of reason.
(d) The goofball.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In chapter three, who writes the article that accompanies the fashion spread in which Alice is featured?

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

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

4. In what month and year does Calvin first meet Alice?

5. In chapter one, what object does Alice wave in the air following Calvin's speech?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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. 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. Describe Calvin Trillin's father-in-law.

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