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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 times, the author says, his mother's refusal to settle for less came across as _____, _____, even _____ to him.
(a) Devotion/Inspiration/Selfless.
(b) Tenacious/Obnoxious/Ambitious.
(c) Nagging/Demanding/Heartless.
(d) Motherly/Grandmotherly/Fatherly.

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

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

4. What happened halfway through the author's fifth grade year?
(a) He went to Disneyland.
(b) He met the President.
(c) He won a science competition.
(d) He got an eye examination at school.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

4. What "wonderful summer job" did the author take after his first year at Yale?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What role did the English teacher, Mrs. Miller, play in the author's life, in "ROTC Triumph"?

2. How did the author's mother respond to his announcement that he wanted to become a doctor?

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

4. How did the author's mother mask her mental problems?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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