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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did the women of Brownsville force their children to do?
(a) Beat rugs on the stoop.
(b) Shop for dinner.
(c) Eat.
(d) Stay outside until dinner was ready.

2. Who did the author say it was good to be back among?
(a) The children playing stickball on on the block.
(b) His family.
(c) The children playing handball on the street.
(d) The women who shouted from the market.

3. Who could the author hear crying in the streets at night as a child?
(a) The man who had just lost his wife.
(b) The evicted tenants of the neighborhood.
(c) The woman down the street who's cat ran away.
(d) The neighborhood cats.

4. The author likened his parents and himself to something rather simple. What did he liken them to?
(a) A fence post.
(b) A soup pot.
(c) Kindling.
(d) A ladle.

5. How did the author feel about being confirmed?
(a) He did it out of peer pressure.
(b) He did it for his mother and out of tradition.
(c) He was positive it was what he wanted to do.
(d) He did it for the gifts.

6. What nickname does the author give the second street?
(a) The "slow street."
(b) The "sweet street."
(c) The "show street."
(d) The "short street."

7. What did the big Italians sell and during what time?
(a) Watermelons during the summer.
(b) Yogurt during the spring.
(c) Baked apples during the fall.
(d) Roasted nuts during the winter.

8. What is seltzer to the poor Jews?
(a) Used as a medicine.
(b) Something only the wealthy could acquire.
(c) Worse than their drinking water.
(d) A luxury.

9. What kind of books did the author go to his cousin's room to read?
(a) Yiddish books.
(b) Books on government.
(c) English books.
(d) Books on how to date women.

10. What was marriage to the author's parents?
(a) A whirlwind of emotions.
(b) An institution.
(c) More joyous than words could express.
(d) A life sentence.

11. Where was city land all around Brownsville? What were those pieces of land used for?
(a) The neighborhood garden.
(b) A plot of land for squatters to camp.
(c) The neighborhood waste site.
(d) Cutting and storing tombstones.

12. What was the author's favorite school experience?
(a) His weekly visits with the speech pathologist.
(b) Walking past the girls' bathroom.
(c) Visiting the assembly hall.
(d) Saying the pledge of allegiance.

13. Where did the author think he lived as a child?
(a) The most lonely place in the world.
(b) The place most suited to his family.
(c) The end of the world.
(d) The best place a child could grow up.

14. What did the children buy from the small Italians?
(a) Strawberries.
(b) Sodas.
(c) Shaved Ice.
(d) Pasta.

15. The author stopped at the neighborhood drugstore to have lunch one day. While eating his sandwich, some of it fell into a pile of dust. How did this make the author feel?
(a) Abandoned by the world.
(b) Happy, as the sandwich had a hair in it.
(c) Shameful for wasting food.
(d) Judged by those who saw him have the accident.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did the author secretly think of the synagogue?

2. The author preferred the movie house over the synagogue, why did he favor the movie house?

3. What did the author always have in his hands when he was waiting fort the girl by the junkyard?

4. What time of day is the mind's "grazing time?"

5. What was the author listening to when he last saw his childhood kitchen?

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