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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. When does Calvin read the obituary of Dick Francis' wife?
(a) The year Alice is diagnosed with lung cancer.
(b) A year before Alice dies.
(c) The year before Alice's bypass surgery.
(d) A year after Alice dies.

2. According to Calvin, what kinds of men are attracted to Alice?
(a) Comedians.
(b) Lawyers.
(c) Guys with pipes.
(d) Contractors.

3. In chapter three, who writes the article that accompanies the fashion spread in which Alice is featured?
(a) Calvin.
(b) Alice Trillin.
(c) Mina Shaughnessy.
(d) Nora Ephron.

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

5. How does Calvin characterize his father-in-law?
(a) Alice's father is realistic, responsible man.
(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 pessimistic and irresponsible.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the theme of the poem at the introduction of chapter three?

2. In chapter two, how much time passes between Calvin's first and second meeting with Alice?

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

4. What is the name of the Calvin's eldest daughter?

5. Where does Alice's father first meet Alice's mother?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What event causes Alice to feel as though she loses her looks?

7. What is one positive quality that Alice inherits from her father? Why do you think this quality is especially beneficial to Alice?

8. 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?

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

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

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