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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. At the start of "Goodbye, Daddy," who told the author that his father was moving out of the family home?

2. Who told the author he should "dress the way you want to be"?

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

4. What person does the author say came, when his mother "needed someone to care"?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. In "A Terrible Temper," what led the author to hit Jerry over the head with a lock?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does the author describe his mother's way with finances?

10. How did being poor impact the author in "A Boy's Big Problem"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Why does the author pursue a relationship during his college years, when he knows he must commit to years of education and training? What does Candy bring to the relationship that the author needs? What role does Candy play throughout the author's career?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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