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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 does the author credit for helping him control his temper throughout his life?

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

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

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

5. In "A Serious Step," who helped the author get a summer job at Sennet Steel?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How was the author's family life after his father left?

4. Describe capping.

5. What lessons does the author learn from working at Ford Motor Company?

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

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

8. How did being poor impact the author in "A Boy's Big Problem"?

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

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

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Reflect on the author's "Think Big" acrostic answer to success. Is it a realistic approach to success? Why or why not? How might schools, communities, or cultures be different if everyone followed each idea?

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