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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. In what month and year does Calvin first meet Alice?
(a) December 1963.
(b) April 1965.
(c) December 1976.
(d) August 1990.

2. According to Calvin, what leads to his success in courting Alice?
(a) His pipe smoking and fame as a writer.
(b) His reluctance to speak.
(c) His dumb luck and one or two deliberate moves.
(d) His dumb luck and good looks.

3. Where does Alice spend her childhood?
(a) Alice grows up in Greenwich and Nova Scotia.
(b) Alice grows up in Greenhaven and Harrison, New York.
(c) Alice grows up in New York City and New Jersey.
(d) Alice grows up in North Carolina and Long Island.

4. What does Alice's father do for a living?
(a) Alice's father is a self-taught inventor.
(b) Alice's father is a vending machine repairman.
(c) Alice's father is a coal miner.
(d) Alice's father is a researcher.

5. What is the headline in the magazine article in which Alice is featured as a model at the age of thirty-five?
(a) College instructor, mother and wife.
(b) The beauty and the brain.
(c) The picture of health.
(d) About Alice.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Calvin, what kinds of men are attracted to Alice?

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

3. In Calvin's second poem in chapter three, he likens Alice to which of the following?

4. Where does Alice's father grow up?

5. What is written on the envelope in which Alice keeps special items?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

7. 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.

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

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

10. 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?

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