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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) English books.
(c) Books on government.
(d) Books on how to date women.

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

3. 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.

4. In front of what building did the author's father meet every Saturday morning?
(a) The coffee shop.
(b) The delicatessen.
(c) The Municipal Bank.
(d) The hardware store.

5. Who did the author feel could intercede with God for him?
(a) His mother.
(b) His Rabbi.
(c) His father.
(d) The Biblical Deborah.

6. Did the author feel he could openly discuss his feelings about God?
(a) No.
(b) He felt he could only discuss them with his friends from school.
(c) He only felt he could express them to his parents.
(d) Yes.

7. What kind of dresses did Mrs. B wear?
(a) Ankle length flowery dresses.
(b) Billowing chiffon dresses.
(c) Stiff Nun's habits.
(d) Plain, old fashioned dressses.

8. How did the author feel about the women who sat around his dinner table on Friday nights?
(a) He was infatuated with one of them so he would listen in rapture to them.
(b) They were too noisy and would escape the house.
(c) He got lost in their conversations but still sat there and listened.
(d) They were they joy in the home.

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

10. What did Mrs. E do when she abandoned her housework for a half hour every morning?
(a) She gossiped with the neighborhood ladies.
(b) She listened to her "shows" on the radio.
(c) She weeded her small flower garden.
(d) She sat in the vegetarian restaurant.

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

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

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

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

15. 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 women worked frantically.
(d) The hour the town slept.

Short Answer Questions

1. What physical trait was the author most embarrassed by during his early school years?

2. In what battle did the brother of the author's cousin go missing?

3. What description does the author give Belmont Avenue?

4. What instrument did the author play as a child?

5. Where did the author run away from his father?

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