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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did the author and his brother give up football in "Two Positives"?

2. What object of the author's did a ninth grader in "A Boy's Big Problem" say had been through four world wars?

3. How much education does the author say his mother had when she married?

4. What does the author say he liked to do with his father's hands?

5. What did the author consider his biggest problem in tenth grade?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happened in "A Terrible Temper," when the author's mother brought him a new pair of pants?

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

5. How was the author's family life after his father left?

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

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

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

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

10. Describe capping.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does the author initially object to working in Australia? What type of experience does he imagine, based on his fears? How is his experience there different from what he originally anticipated?

Essay Topic 2

Why might the author invest so much time in ROTC, when he has no intentions of entering the military? Describe his motivation for joining ROTC, his influences, and the skills he will be able to use in his medical career.

Essay Topic 3

How does the author treat people in other professions? What experiences influence how the author treats people outside the medical field? What has the author's mother taught him about people who work different jobs?

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