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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 chapter three, Calvin includes a quote from a friend of Alice who speaks at her memorial service. Who is this person?
(a) Alice's father.
(b) Mina Shaughnessy.
(c) Nora Ephron.
(d) Mary Francis.
2. 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.
3. What is the first book that Calvin writes after he meets Alice?
(a) A romance novel.
(b) A biography.
(c) A mystery novel.
(d) A collection of comic short stories.
4. How old is Alice when she is asked to be photographed by Doug Kirkland and model spring fashions in a magazine?
5. In chapter two, how does Calvin characterize his behavior during his second meeting with Alice?
(a) A winning job interview.
(b) A rough draft in need of edits.
(c) A desperate comedy routine.
(d) A boring college lecture.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Alice's father do for a living?
2. How does Calvin portray his wife Alice in books and magazine articles written before she dies?
3. Where does Alice's father first meet Alice's mother?
4. How does Calvin describe the impact of Alice's beauty on her life?
5. Where does Alice spend her childhood?
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. What is one positive quality that Alice inherits from her father? Why do you think this quality is especially beneficial to Alice?
3. In chapter three, why does Alice accept the request to be photographed in a fashion issue of a magazine?
4. Describe Calvin Trillin's father-in-law.
5. What are some of the adversities Alice faces throughout her life?
6. 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?
7. In chapter two, Calvin Trillin reveals that he never stops trying to impress his wife Alice. Give an example of this.
8. In what ways is Alice's beauty a hardship?
9. In what ways are Alice's looks, coupled with the superficial facts about her background, misleading?
10. In what ways do you think Alice serves as Calvin Trillin's muse? Include characteristics that inspire his writing.
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