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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How old was the author when he learned that his father was leaving?
(a) 10.
(b) 6.
(c) 12.
(d) 8.

2. 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 broke his brother's model airplane.
(c) He broke a neighborhood kid's glasses and smashed his nose.
(d) He hit his mother with it.

3. How does the author say Curtis' grades changed in the last year?
(a) They changed very little.
(b) They had gone from good to great.
(c) They were mostly failing grades.
(d) They had been climbing.

4. What method in "Two Positives" does the author say his family used to protect each other?
(a) Silence.
(b) Defensiveness.
(c) Love.
(d) Revenge.

5. What college group was Candy involved in that amazed the author?
(a) An underground newspaper.
(b) Yale Symphony and Bach Society.
(c) Yale Repertory Theatre.
(d) Honor Society.

6. 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 helped him write an essay for his college application.
(d) She gave him a crash course in study skills.

7. What was the author offered, after he had dinner with Congressional Medal winners?
(a) A book about Vietnam.
(b) A trip to the White House.
(c) A limo ride with General Westmoreland.
(d) A scholarship to West Point.

8. Why did the author nearly kill his friend, Bob, with a knife?
(a) They were arguing over radio stations.
(b) The friend copied his homework without his permission.
(c) The friend made fun of his clothes.
(d) The friend insulted his mother.

9. What was the author's mother determined to accomplish in Detroit?
(a) To go to night school.
(b) To get back together with her ex-husband.
(c) To reclaim the house the family once lived in.
(d) To enroll her sons in private school.

10. Where did the author turn when he believed he could not pass an exam?
(a) To God.
(b) To his mother.
(c) To the campus tutoring center.
(d) To his academic adviser.

11. How old was the author's mother when she married his father?
(a) 13.
(b) 28.
(c) 30.
(d) 23.

12. What did the author consider his biggest problem in tenth grade?
(a) Choosing a career.
(b) Dating.
(c) Thinking about college.
(d) Clothes.

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

14. Why was the author surprised when he read the exam problems in the booklet, in "College Choices"?
(a) They were identical to the ones he saw in a dream.
(b) The booklet included formulas that would help him solve the problems.
(c) He thought the problems were much easier than he expected.
(d) He had no idea how to solve the problems.

15. What impression did the author have that his grades reinforced?
(a) That Black kids are not as smart as White kids.
(b) That his teacher did not like him.
(c) That the schools in Detroit were not as good as the ones in Boston.
(d) That he was meant to be at a private school.

Short Answer Questions

1. What subtle way did the author's mother encourage him in "ROTC Triumph"?

2. What does the author say in "Two Positives" was the worst part of school?

3. What does the author say is the truth he learned much later about his father?

4. What did the author, in "College Choices," score on his final chemistry exam?

5. What did "The Top One Hundred" program help the author learn?

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