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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did the author begin to do, in tenth grade, instead of coming home after school?
(a) Play basketball.
(b) Work at a gas station.
(c) Tutor his friends.
(d) Shoplift clothes at the local department store.

2. What did the author's mother buy for him that he rejected, saying they were the "wrong kind"?
(a) Shoes.
(b) Pretzels.
(c) Art supplies.
(d) Pants.

3. In "A Boy's Big Problem," what does the author say his mother needed in order to provide for the family and keep up the house?
(a) A therapist.
(b) A second job.
(c) A husband.
(d) Food stamps.

4. What other role did the author's father serve in, that he recalls observing only once?
(a) His father played trumpet in a jazz band.
(b) His father volunteered as a crossing guard.
(c) His father was a member of the school board.
(d) His father was a Baptist minister.

5. Who does the author credit for helping him control his temper throughout his life?
(a) God.
(b) His mother.
(c) Mary Thomas.
(d) Curtis.

6. In "A Serious Step," what happened to cause the author's car to spin out of control near Youngstown, Ohio?
(a) He fell asleep.
(b) A large rock crashed onto the windshield.
(c) He swerved to avoid an eighteen wheeler.
(d) He ran out of gas.

7. What consequence did the author face if he failed a college class?
(a) He would be sent home.
(b) He would be fined.
(c) He would be put on probation.
(d) He could no longer be in the premed program.

8. Who told the author he should "dress the way you want to be"?
(a) His father.
(b) His mother.
(c) His teacher.
(d) Curtis.

9. In "A Boy's Big Problem," why does the author say he hated to buy bread or milk at the store?
(a) It took away from his study time.
(b) His mom never sent him with enough money.
(c) He had to use food stamps and feared a friend might see him.
(d) He says the people at the store treated him rudely.

10. In "A Serious Step," who helped the author get a summer job at Sennet Steel?
(a) A stranger.
(b) Candy.
(c) A classmate
(d) His mother.

11. What influential adult in "ROTC Triumph" told the author to "always put first things first"?
(a) Mrs. Miller.
(b) Sgt. Bandy.
(c) Mr. McCotter.
(d) Mr. Doakes.

12. What did Candy's family think was strange about her new church in "A Serious Step"?
(a) It offered weekly Bible classes.
(b) It met on Saturday.
(c) It embraced classical music.
(d) It forbade the drinking of alcohol.

13. What did the author receive for making the fifth-hour class the best unit in the school?
(a) He received a certificate.
(b) He received a trophy.
(c) He was promoted to second lieutenant.
(d) He was given permission to leave school early.

14. What does the author say worship services and Bible lessons frequently focused on?
(a) Bad parents.
(b) Missionary doctors.
(c) Politicians.
(d) Moses.

15. In "Changing the Rules," what common interest did the author share with attorney Ward Randall, Jr.?
(a) Bowling.
(b) Law.
(c) Classical music.
(d) Science.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author say he has in his heart, regardless of the conditions around him?

2. What damage did the author do with a rock in "A Terrible Temper"?

3. In "College Choices," what was the class that the author fell behind in the most?

4. How did Alma Whittley help the author?

5. What does the author say his mother brought a sense of to the family?

(see the answer keys)

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