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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. At the start of "Goodbye, Daddy," who told the author that his father was moving out of the family home?
(a) His dad.
(b) His brother.
(c) His mom.
(d) His grandmother.

2. 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?
(a) A husband.
(b) A therapist.
(c) A second job.
(d) Food stamps.

3. In "College Choices," why did the author want to be alone after his "miracle" exam?
(a) To pray.
(b) To figure out what happened.
(c) To call his mother.
(d) To review his study notes.

4. What does the author's mother call him in "Goodbye Daddy"?
(a) Benjie.
(b) Bennie.
(c) Benjamin.
(d) Ben.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What percent academic scholarship does the author say he received for college?

2. How did Alma Whittley help the author?

3. Who tells a story in "Eight Years Old" that led the author to his first religious experience?

4. What does the author say his mother brought a sense of to the family?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how the author has managed his temper in the years since he tried to kill his friend, Bob.

2. How did new glasses help the author in school?

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 author's father like intellectually?

6. How did the author's mother protect him and his brother?

7. Describe capping.

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

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

10. What significance did Mary Thomas have in the author's life?

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