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

2. In "A Boy's Big Problem," why does the author say he hated to buy bread or milk at the store?

3. What other role did the author's father serve in, that he recalls observing only once?

4. What does the author say he has in his heart, regardless of the conditions around him?

5. What does the author say was his one complaint about his mother?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What factors led to the author being a poor student at Higgins Elementary School?

3. How did the author get the crew he supervises to be more productive, in "Changing the Rules"?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Describe how the author has managed his temper in the years since he tried to kill his friend, Bob.

10. What role did the English teacher, Mrs. Miller, play in the author's life, in "ROTC Triumph"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What conflict might the author face as he grows in popularity and can no longer meet each demand? How does he turn away patients? How might he reject speaking engagements he has been invited to?

Essay Topic 2

What responsibility does the author feel to the Black community? What responsibility does he feel to all humans? Why does he pass up an opportunity that would allow him to help more Black patients?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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