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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What object of the author's did a ninth grader in "A Boy's Big Problem" say had been through four world wars?
(a) His backpack.
(b) His pencil.
(c) His shirt.
(d) His shoes.

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

3. Where does the author describe his father working, until his retirement in the 1970s?
(a) Paradise Theater.
(b) A Cadillac plant.
(c) A funeral home.
(d) A mill.

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

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

6. How old was the author when he was baptized for the second time?
(a) 12.
(b) 8.
(c) 14.
(d) 10.

7. At 13, the author changed his goal of becoming a general practitioner to a what?
(a) Dentist.
(b) Oncologist.
(c) Psychiatrist.
(d) Urologist.

8. In "Eight Years Old," what made the author feel worse than being at the bottom of his class at Higgins Elementary School?
(a) The judgment from his mother.
(b) The teasing and taunting from other kids.
(c) The teacher who belittled him.
(d) The principal who wrongfully accused him of cheating.

9. Why did students walk out on the psychology test in "Changing the Rules"?
(a) There was a war protest.
(b) The room started to smell like smoke.
(c) There was a fight outside.
(d) The test was too hard.

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

11. In "A Terrible Temper," what does the author say had become a daily habit?
(a) Reading the Bible.
(b) Working out.
(c) Punching a pillow.
(d) Playing clarinet.

12. Who does the author say was the "earliest, strongest, and most impacting force" in his life?
(a) His father.
(b) His third grade teacher.
(c) His mother.
(d) His brother.

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

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

15. What year does the author say he no longer waited for his father to come home from work?
(a) 1980.
(b) 1974.
(c) 1951.
(d) 1959.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why was the author surprised when he read the exam problems in the booklet, in "College Choices"?

2. Who was Alma Whittley?

3. In "A Terrible Temper," the author says once he reached the _____, he lost all _____.

4. What impression did the author have that his grades reinforced?

5. In "A Serious Step," what happened to cause the author's car to spin out of control near Youngstown, Ohio?

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