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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What was Candy Rustin's real name in "A Serious Step"?
(a) Cena.
(b) Carlie.
(c) Lacey.
(d) Lacena.

3. What does the author say was his one complaint about his mother?
(a) That she had low self-esteem.
(b) That she let his father go.
(c) That she hid how bad things were during his childhood.
(d) That she never remarried.

4. What person does the author say came, when his mother "needed someone to care"?
(a) Mary Thomas.
(b) Curtis.
(c) Bobby Farmer.
(d) His father.

5. What did the Yale admissions office pay for the author and Candy to do before Thanksgiving 1972?
(a) Recruit in Detroit area high schools.
(b) Register in a marathon.
(c) Buy a house.
(d) Start a religious club on campus.

6. What type of work did the author's mother find in Boston?
(a) Factory work.
(b) Domestic work.
(c) Secretarial work.
(d) Restaurant work.

7. How much education does the author say his mother had when she married?
(a) College.
(b) Third grade.
(c) Tenth grade.
(d) High school.

8. Where did the author's family move, after his mother decided to rent their house?
(a) New York City.
(b) Detroit.
(c) Boston.
(d) Chicago.

9. Where did the author's mother go when she said she was staying with relatives?
(a) A mental institution.
(b) To gamble.
(c) To pursue a singing career.
(d) To visit her ex-husband.

10. What does the author say he liked to do with his father's hands?
(a) Draw pictures on them.
(b) Smack them.
(c) Play with the veins.
(d) Read his palm.

11. What does the author say he has in his heart, regardless of the conditions around him?
(a) Anger.
(b) Sunshine.
(c) Love.
(d) Peace.

12. How often did the author wear an ROTC uniform at school?
(a) Every day.
(b) Three days a week.
(c) Two days a week.
(d) Every Friday.

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

14. What did the psychology professor give the author for being the most honest student in the class?
(a) A ten-dollar bill.
(b) Extra credit.
(c) A certificate.
(d) A subscription to Psychology Today.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What year does the author say he no longer waited for his father to come home from work?

2. At 13, the author changed his goal of becoming a general practitioner to a what?

3. Why did students walk out on the psychology test in "Changing the Rules"?

4. What holiday does the author recall made being 8-years-old the best year of his childhood?

5. Why did the author nearly kill his friend, Bob, with a knife?

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