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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 author promise God after he took his exam, in "College Choices"?

2. In what year did the author's family move back to Detroit?

3. How did the author hurt a classmate who made him mad in "A Terrible Temper"?

4. Why did the author withdraw his applications to medical school programs at Johns Hopkins, Yale, Michigan State, and Wayne State?

5. Why did the author and his brother give up football in "Two Positives"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How does the author deal with failure? How does he deal with disappointment? How does he deal with stress? What can one learn from the author's approach to problems?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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