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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Where did the author and his brother stay when his mother went away in Carrying the Load?
(a) Home alone.
(b) With their father.
(c) With neighbors.
(d) With relatives.

4. What group at Wilson Junior High asked the author how to solve problems?
(a) The students in higher grades.
(b) The math and science teachers.
(c) The kids who once teased him.
(d) The administrators.

5. 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) Mr. Randall.
(d) Mrs. Whittley.

6. What holiday does the author recall made being 8-years-old the best year of his childhood?
(a) Valentine's Day.
(b) Easter.
(c) Christmas.
(d) Halloween.

7. In "College Choices," why did the author only apply to one college?
(a) He always knew the college he wanted to attend.
(b) He only had enough money to pay for one application fee.
(c) He wanted to attend the same college as his girlfriend.
(d) Only one college was interested in him.

8. The author's mother told him if he could _____, he could learn just about anything he wanted to know.
(a) Follow directions.
(b) Cook.
(c) Do math.
(d) Read.

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

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

11. What college did the author decide to attend?
(a) University of Michigan.
(b) Yale.
(c) Harvard.
(d) Stanford.

12. What does the author say he would do before he let his classmates know they hurt him?
(a) Die.
(b) Study.
(c) Cry.
(d) Stand outside in the cold.

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

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

15. What did Aubrey Tompkins suggest when Candy's audition at the church did not work out?
(a) That she go home.
(b) That she keep practicing.
(c) That she sing in the choir.
(d) That she try harder next time.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mother tell the author his father had done?

2. In what year did the author's family move back to Detroit?

3. Why did the author change schools in the middle of eighth grade?

4. Who does the author credit for helping him control his temper throughout his life?

5. Who does the author say was the "earliest, strongest, and most impacting force" in his life?

(see the answer keys)

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