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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. How did Alma Whittley help the author?

2. Where did the author and his brother stay when his mother went away in Carrying the Load?

3. In "Changing the Rules," what common interest did the author share with attorney Ward Randall, Jr.?

4. In "ROTC Triumph," why does the author say he looked forward to Sunday nights?

5. What happened halfway through the author's fifth grade year?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What study strategy did the author develop in his second year of medical school to help him learn the material?

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

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

5. Describe the plan the author's mother devised to help him improve his grades.

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

7. How did the author respond to the news that his father was leaving the family?

8. Describe the author's relationship with his father, prior to his leaving the family.

9. Why did a photographer from the Yale Daily News take a picture of the author in "Changing the Rules"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Why does the author initially object to working in Australia? What type of experience does he imagine, based on his fears? How is his experience there different from what he originally anticipated?

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