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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What nickname did the author's father give him?
(a) Kaddish.
(b) Lazer.
(c) Heshie.
(d) Yankel.

3. What feelings does the author experience when he gets off the train?
(a) Rage, dread and unexpected tenderness.
(b) Fear, loathing, and disgust.
(c) No feelings at all.
(d) Hope, lightheartedness and joy.

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

5. How did the author describe the Episcopalian church in the neighborhood?
(a) Daunting.
(b) Rundown.
(c) Romantic and ethereal.
(d) Quite plain.

6. What does the author connect New York rush hour with from his childhood?
(a) The hour before supper.
(b) The hour that moved the slowest.
(c) The hour the town slept.
(d) The hour the women worked frantically.

7. What did the author's family regularly do after their Friday night discussions?
(a) Go for a walk around the neighborhood.
(b) Listen to music.
(c) Play conasta.
(d) Read the newspaper.

8. The author preferred the movie house over the synagogue, why did he favor the movie house?
(a) They sold popcorn and other wonderful treats.
(b) It was cool there during the summer, it was the only place that stayed cool.
(c) He could escape his parents there.
(d) There was nothing there to remind him of Brownsville.

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

10. Who is it the author always sees first when he enters Brownsville?
(a) The Negroes.
(b) The old women.
(c) The subway guard.
(d) The children.

11. The author didn't associate his school years with learning, what did he associate them with?
(a) Chasing the girls in the school yard.
(b) Building good character.
(c) Proving the teachers wrong.
(d) Avoiding the bullies who tortured him daily.

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

13. How did the author feel when he walked into his synagogue?
(a) At home.
(b) Alien.
(c) Sad.
(d) Numb.

14. What description does the author give Belmont Avenue?
(a) The "loudest street in Brownsville."
(b) The "loneliest street in Brownsville."
(c) The "merriest street in Brownsville."
(d) The "brightest street in Brownsville."

15. What did the street always smell faintly of?
(a) The sewage from the squatter's lot.
(b) The garbage left on the curb.
(c) The candy from the wholesaler's windows.
(d) Freshly baked bread.

Short Answer Questions

1. What trait did the author's mother posses that she was most ashamed of?

2. At what age are Jewish boys "confirmed?"

3. When the narrative begins, how many years has it been since the author left to live in "the city?"

4. What political way of thinking did the author's parents practice?

5. What nickname does the author give the second street?

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