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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In chapter three, what is the name of the publication in which Alice is featured in a fashion spread?

3. Of the following, which does Calvin NOT list among those Alice frequently takes care of?

4. What is Alice's reasoning for agreeing to be photographed in a fashion issue of a magazine?

5. According to Calvin, what leads to his success in courting Alice?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. In chapter one, Calvin Trillin states that the stories he writes about his family can be compared what kinds of television shows?

7. 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?

8. 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.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In what ways does Alice express her gratitude throughout her lifetime? What reasons does she give for being grateful? Be sure to address the following:

• How does her sense of gratitude impact others in her life?

• Do you agree with Alice's assessment that she is a lucky person?

Cite examples from the book in your response.

Essay Topic 2

Write the following essay from the first person point of view of Alice Trillin.

Part 1) Discuss your views on social activism.

Part 2) Why do you care so much about certain causes? Give a list of the ones that mean the most to you, and how you go about pursuing these causes.

Part 3) What do you hope to instill in your daughters through your social activism?

Part 4) What is wrong about being passive?

Essay Topic 3

Write about the levels of perseverance exhibited by Alice and Calvin.

Part 1) In what ways does Alice or Calvin exhibit perseverance?

Part 2) What keeps them hopeful?

Part 3) Do either person ever lose hope? If so, when? What is the outcome?

Cite examples from the book in your response.

(see the answer keys)

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