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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. Why does the author say he felt the stigma of being poor more acutely?
(a) Because his clothes were dirty.
(b) Because most of the kids at school were rich.
(c) Because his house was in need of repair.
(d) Because he did not have a father.

2. Why did the author and his brother give up football in "Two Positives"?
(a) Their mother made them quit the team.
(b) They were threatened by a group of men after practice.
(c) They thought the coach was too hard on them.
(d) They decided to join the math team instead.

3. How much education does the author say his mother had when she married?
(a) College.
(b) Third grade.
(c) High school.
(d) Tenth grade.

4. What was the reason the author and his classmates were given for having to retake a test for the psychology class, Perceptions 101?
(a) The tests were inadvertently burned.
(b) The tests were lost.
(c) No one passed the first test.
(d) There was too much talking during the first test.

5. What percent academic scholarship does the author say he received for college?
(a) 50%.
(b) 90%.
(c) 80%.
(d) 100%.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where did the mother expect her sons to go each week, instead of watching television?

2. Who was Alma Whittley?

3. How did the author hurt a classmate who made him mad in "A Terrible Temper"?

4. Who took the author's family in once they arrived in a new city?

5. What does the author's mother call him in "Goodbye Daddy"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What experience at college helped the author wash away some of his cockiness?

2. What was the author's father like intellectually?

3. What study strategy did the author develop in his second year of medical school to help him learn the material?

4. How does the author describe his mother in "Carrying the Load"?

5. What did the author's mother teach her sons that she learned at work?

6. What is the reason people say the author has "gifted hands"?

7. Why did the author initially fall behind in his college studies?

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

9. How does the author make his college choice in "College Choices"?

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

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