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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. How does Calvin describe the impact of Alice's beauty on her life?
(a) Alice's beauty opens doors in her career.
(b) Alice's beauty involves complications.
(c) Alice's beauty makes her vain.
(d) Alice's beauty has no disadvantages.

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

3. Calvin states that he never sees Alice read which type of magazine?
(a) Medical.
(b) Finance.
(c) Fashion.
(d) Literary.

4. What is Alice's maiden name?
(a) Stewart.
(b) Monocle.
(c) Willkins.
(d) Francis.

5. What is the headline for Alice's obituary in the Times?
(a) Social Activist, Author and Muse.
(b) Educator, Wife and Mother.
(c) College Instructor, Mother and Wife.
(d) Educator, Author and Muse.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the headline in the magazine article in which Alice is featured as a model at the age of thirty-five?

2. In what year does Alice die?

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

4. In chapter three, Calvin includes a quote from a friend of Alice who speaks at her memorial service. Who is this person?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. 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.

5. Does Alice believe she is accurately portrayed in Trillin's books and articles? Briefly describe why or why not.

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

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