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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 does the author say about regulations in "Changing the Rules"?

2. When does the author say he worked at Wayne State University in one of the biology laboratories?

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

4. Why did the author become interested in Johns Hopkins University Hospital at the age of 10?

5. What does the author say is the truth he learned much later about his father?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why was the author impressed in the ROTC by a student named Sharper?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Why does the author feel that some rules can be broken? What rules does he break in his career? How does breaking rules make him more successful than if he he only followed guidelines set by others?

Essay Topic 2

Is it better to allow someone to die naturally or to proceed with a risky surgery that may or may not save them? Compare personal beliefs to the author's.

Essay Topic 3

How is the author able to build strong, supportive relationships in his life? How does he support others? Why are some of the people who are close to him unsupportive? How does the author react to unsupportive people?

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