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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did the author always have in his hands when he was waiting fort the girl by the junkyard?
(a) His prayer book.
(b) His little red books.
(c) His lucky penny.
(d) His baseball mitt.

2. Who did the author's father meet?
(a) Fellow freelance artists.
(b) Fellow freelance musicians.
(c) Fellow freelance painters.
(d) Fellow freelance writers.

3. What was the author's favorite delight in all seasons?
(a) Roasted apples from the Jewish vendor.
(b) Popcorn from the Coney Island dives.
(c) Caramels from the candy store.
(d) Food from the delicatessen.

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

5. What did the older neighbor boys do when they came home from work?
(a) Call on the author's cousin.
(b) Play instruments out on the street.
(c) Released pigeons.
(d) Go out for a drink.

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

7. How did the Jews greet the Sabbath?
(a) "As a ghost."
(b) "As a groom."
(c) "As a newborn babe."
(d) "As a bride."

8. What emotion does the author speak of in great length in Section 3?
(a) Love.
(b) Fear.
(c) Pain.
(d) Joy.

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

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

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

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

13. What did the author do every time he walked into the civics teachers classroom?
(a) Made a bee-line for his seat.
(b) Made sure there wasn't "pop quiz" written on the board.
(c) Looked for his name on the blue chart.
(d) Looked for the girl with the red hair.

14. 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.

15. Where does the author believe only truly free people are from?
(a) New York City.
(b) England.
(c) Russia.
(d) Poland.

Short Answer Questions

1. What profession was the author's mother?

2. What was all work measured by in the author's childhood home?

3. What did the author's mother do out of loneliness every evening?

4. Did the author's mother believe her son's generation would succeed?

5. Who inspired the teaching style and curriculum of the author's civics teacher?

(see the answer keys)

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