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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who introduced the author to Schubert's Eighth Symphony (Unfinished)?
(a) Sgt. Hunt.
(b) Curtis.
(c) Sharper.
(d) Mrs. Miller.

2. Who, in "ROTC Triumph," influenced the author to join ROTC?
(a) His teacher.
(b) Her mother.
(c) His father.
(d) His brother.

3. What does the author say is the truth he learned much later about his father?
(a) That his father was abused as a child.
(b) That his father had another wife and other children.
(c) That his father did not believe in God.
(d) That his father had a history of substance abuse.

4. How did Alma Whittley help the author?
(a) She gave him information about the biology program at Wayne State University.
(b) She helped him get a job at Ford Motor Company.
(c) She gave him a crash course in study skills.
(d) She helped him write an essay for his college application.

5. What year of college was the author in when he met Candy?
(a) Senior.
(b) Sophomore.
(c) Freshman.
(d) Junior.

6. What did "The Top One Hundred" program help the author learn?
(a) Italian.
(b) Classical music.
(c) Leadership skills.
(d) Science facts.

7. What frightened the author at the start of "Eight Years Old" that he says are bigger than cats?
(a) Roaches.
(b) Rats.
(c) Snakes.
(d) Weeds.

8. What does Mother tell the author his father had done?
(a) Bad things.
(b) Lost a bet.
(c) Gotten a new job.
(d) Gotten in a fight.

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

10. In "ROTC Triumph," why does the author say he looked forward to Sunday nights?
(a) To put in long hours at the science lab.
(b) To visit the Detroit Institute of Arts.
(c) To watch a quiz show on television.
(d) To study for the SAT.

11. Who did the author initially turn to for work, when he could not find a job in the summer of 1971?
(a) Mr. Seufert.
(b) Mr. Sandart.
(c) Mrs. Whittley.
(d) Mr. Randall.

12. Who is Curtis?
(a) The author's grandfather.
(b) The author's cousin.
(c) The author's brother.
(d) The author's father.

13. Why does the author say he felt the stigma of being poor more acutely?
(a) Because his clothes were dirty.
(b) Because he did not have a father.
(c) Because most of the kids at school were rich.
(d) Because his house was in need of repair.

14. What damage did the author do with a rock in "A Terrible Temper"?
(a) He smashed a window of a business in town.
(b) He hit his mother with it.
(c) He broke his brother's model airplane.
(d) He broke a neighborhood kid's glasses and smashed his nose.

15. How did Bobby Farmer impress the author during a history class?
(a) He knew what flax was.
(b) He said he planned to study agriculture in college.
(c) He knew the dates of every war.
(d) He had memorized all of the United States Presidents.

Short Answer Questions

1. What method in "Two Positives" does the author say his family used to protect each other?

2. What was the author's mother determined to accomplish in Detroit?

3. The author graduates _____ in his senior high school class.

4. What does the author say he examined under the magnified lenses in Mr. Jaeck's class?

5. 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?

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