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

2. What did the author's mother buy for him that he rejected, saying they were the "wrong kind"?

3. What does Mother tell the author his father had done?

4. Which of Candy's three college majors does the author say she eventually dropped?

5. Who tells a story in "Eight Years Old" that led the author to his first religious experience?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What are the reasons the author gives in "A Serious Step" for not being ready for love?

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

5. What was the author's father like intellectually?

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

7. Why did the author initially fall behind in his college studies?

8. Describe capping.

9. How did the author's mother mask her mental problems?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the author's greatest accomplishment? How does this accomplishment make a difference? What might be different if the author did not achieve this?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

How does the author change when he transfers to a predominately Black school in the eighth grade? How are his peers similar to his old classmates at Wilson Junior High? How are they different?

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