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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 did the psychology professor give the author for being the most honest student in the class?

2. What year of college was the author in when he met Candy?

3. What frightened the author at the start of "Eight Years Old" that he says are bigger than cats?

4. Where did the author's mother go when she said she was staying with relatives?

5. How did the author and his brother often travel to Wilson Junior High?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 growing up without a father impact the author? What father figures does he rely on throughout his life? How does his experience without a father impact his ability to be a good parent?

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