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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Where did the author run away from his father?
(a) Prospect Park.
(b) Grand Army Plaza.
(c) Atlantic Avenue.
(d) The Abraham and Straus Store.

3. When did the author feel the only time his favorite food could be eaten in "good conscience"?
(a) On his way home from school.
(b) Saturday night.
(c) After he finished playing stickball.
(d) Friday night.

4. During his childhood subway train rides to "the city," what told the author that he was on his last leg home?
(a) The east and west side express lane junctions.
(b) The Brooklyn-Clark Station.
(c) The Borough Hall Station.
(d) The East River.

5. What was all work measured by in the author's childhood home?
(a) The look on mother's face when she saw the job.
(b) The length of a job.
(c) The perfect skill with which it was completed.
(d) The approval of peers.

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 author spend his school days staring at in fear and anxiety?
(a) The ruler that was used to punish the students that hung on the wall.
(b) The clock.
(c) The boy in the second row who would tease him during lunch.
(d) A notebook that sat on the teachers desk.

8. At what age are Jewish boys "confirmed?"
(a) Fifteen.
(b) Eighteen.
(c) Twelve.
(d) Thirteen.

9. The author's childhood school is still standing in the neighborhood, how does the school feel to the author?
(a) Like a castle.
(b) Cold and damp.
(c) Like home.
(d) Like a hospital.

10. What was the author listening to when he last saw his childhood kitchen?
(a) His parents fight over money.
(b) The sound of children happily playing in the streets before suppertime.
(c) The announcement of Dwight D. Eisenhower's election as president.
(d) The first Sabbath services from Belsen concentration camp.

11. 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) Shameful for wasting food.
(c) Happy, as the sandwich had a hair in it.
(d) Judged by those who saw him have the accident.

12. What profession was the author's mother?
(a) A Breadmaker.
(b) A Maid.
(c) A Cobbler.
(d) A Dressmaker.

13. What is the era in which the author's childhood took place?
(a) The 1920's.
(b) The Great Depression.
(c) World War Two.
(d) World War One.

14. The author's mother was a hard worker but there was something she couldn't do. What was that one thing?
(a) Read English.
(b) Read at all.
(c) Work the victrola.
(d) Do basic math.

15. What is the name of the second road the author mentions?
(a) Broadway Street.
(b) Pitkin Avenue.
(c) Hampton Avenue.
(d) Market Street.

Short Answer Questions

1. What can the author see in every ground floor kitchen window?

2. How did the author feel about the women who sat around his dinner table on Friday nights?

3. The author didn't associate his school years with learning, what did he associate them with?

4. In Brownsville, what room of the house was the largest and most important?

5. What did the Jews of Brownsville think of someone "going their own way" or not following tradition?

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