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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What type of curriculum did the school counselor enroll Curtis in, in Carrying the Load?
(a) Vocational.
(b) College prep.
(c) Technology.
(d) Sports.

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

3. 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 a crash course in study skills.
(d) She gave him information about the biology program at Wayne State University.

4. In "College Choices," how long did the author spend studying for his exam?
(a) Two weeks.
(b) Two hours.
(c) Eight hours.
(d) All night.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the psychology professor give the author for being the most honest student in the class?

2. What influential adult in "ROTC Triumph" told the author to "always put first things first"?

3. Why did the author withdraw his applications to medical school programs at Johns Hopkins, Yale, Michigan State, and Wayne State?

4. 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?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author describe his mother's way with finances?

2. How did the author get the crew he supervises to be more productive, in "Changing the Rules"?

3. Why was the author impressed in the ROTC by a student named Sharper?

4. Why did a photographer from the Yale Daily News take a picture of the author in "Changing the Rules"?

5. What was the final event that led the author to break down and find determination to resolve his temper?

6. Describe capping.

7. Why didn't the author get the job he was promised in the summer of 1971?

8. What are the reasons the author gives in "A Serious Step" for not being ready for love?

9. How was the author's new neighborhood in "Eight Years Old" different from his old one?

10. What factors led to the author being a poor student at Higgins Elementary School?

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