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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 name of Calvin's youngest daughter?

2. In what year does Alice die?

3. Who writes the condolence letter that makes Calvin laugh?

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

5. According to Calvin, what does Alice exclaim when encountering a deer in a forest?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. In chapter three, Calvin Trillin explains that Alice's role as caretaker to her parents has a positive impact on her life. How?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on any one of the following aspects of Alice's beauty.

Part 1) Discuss the power and influence of Alice's beauty. How does it affect others? What opportunities does it afford her? What challenges does it bring?

Part 2) Alice is an outspoken, politically active woman who is a young woman during the time of the Feminism movement in the United States. Do you think that Alice's beauty and concern for her appearance make her unique in that context? If so, in what ways?

Cite examples from the book in your response.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay in which you discuss the Trillin family mottos of "Pull Up Your Socks" and "No Kvetching". What do these mottos say about their values? In what ways does Alice live her life in accordance with these mottos?

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