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

2. Why was the author surprised when he read the exam problems in the booklet, in "College Choices"?

3. What did the author discover when he began to read Proverbs?

4. What job did the author recommend Candy try out for at his church in "A Serious Step"?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does the author take on the challenge of being student-sergeant for a rambunctious unit?

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

5. How did new glasses help the author in school?

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

7. What did the author's mother teach her sons that she learned at work?

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

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

10. How was the author's new neighborhood in "Eight Years Old" different from his old one?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 the author successful because of his hard work or his faith? Compare the author's beliefs about his success to a personal analysis.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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