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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. What was the reason the author and his classmates were given for having to retake a test for the psychology class, Perceptions 101?

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

3. What did the author begin to do, in tenth grade, instead of coming home after school?

4. How did the author comfort himself about his capping on other students?

5. In "A Terrible Temper," the author says once he reached the _____, he lost all _____.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author learn about the arts in "ROTC Triumph"?

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

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

4. What significance did Mary Thomas have in the author's life?

5. What factors led to the author being a poor student at Higgins Elementary School?

6. How does the author explain, in "College Choices" the miracle he experiences on a class exam?

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

8. How did the author's mother protect him and his brother?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

What does the author learn about himself at Yale? How does he change from the start of his freshman year at Yale to his graduation? How might the author's future have been different if he had failed a class and been dropped from the premed program?

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