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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. In "College Choices," how long did the author spend studying for his exam?

2. What was the author's mother determined to accomplish in Detroit?

3. Why did the author quit his job at Young and Rubicum Advertising?

4. What score did the author receive on a math quiz that humiliated him?

5. What does the author say in "Two Positives" was the worst part of school?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Mr. Jaeck nurture the author's gift for science?

2. Describe capping.

3. How did the author put an end to the capping, in "A Boy's Big Problem"?

4. Why did the author believe he was going to die in "A Serious Step"?

5. How did the author respond to the news that his father was leaving the family?

6. Describe the author's relationship with his father, prior to his leaving the family.

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

8. How does the author take on the challenge of being student-sergeant for a rambunctious unit?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What experiences lead the author to wanting to become a doctor? What challenges must he overcome to reach his goal? How is he able to maintain his determination throughout his early life and career?

Essay Topic 2

What conflict might the author face as he grows in popularity and can no longer meet each demand? How does he turn away patients? How might he reject speaking engagements he has been invited to?

Essay Topic 3

Is the author successful because of his hard work or his faith? Compare the author's beliefs about his success to a personal analysis.

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