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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What description does the author give Belmont Avenue?
(a) The "merriest street in Brownsville."
(b) The "loneliest street in Brownsville."
(c) The "loudest street in Brownsville."
(d) The "brightest street in Brownsville."
2. What did the older neighbor boys do when they came home from work?
(a) Call on the author's cousin.
(b) Released pigeons.
(c) Go out for a drink.
(d) Play instruments out on the street.
3. When did the author feel the only time his favorite food could be eaten in "good conscience"?
(a) Friday night.
(b) On his way home from school.
(c) Saturday night.
(d) After he finished playing stickball.
4. What was marriage to the author's parents?
(a) A whirlwind of emotions.
(b) An institution.
(c) A life sentence.
(d) More joyous than words could express.
5. Where does the author step off the train when he first enters Brownsville?
(a) Broadview Avenue.
(b) Rockaway Avenue.
(c) 35th Street.
(d) Main Street.
6. What did the author spend his school days staring at in fear and anxiety?
(a) The clock.
(b) The boy in the second row who would tease him during lunch.
(c) The ruler that was used to punish the students that hung on the wall.
(d) A notebook that sat on the teachers desk.
7. What were the author's lasting feelings about his school years?
(a) A feeling of inadequacy.
(b) A feeling of success.
(c) A hopeful feeling of accomplishment.
(d) A lifelong sense of being judged.
8. What did the women of Brownsville force their children to do?
(b) Stay outside until dinner was ready.
(c) Beat rugs on the stoop.
(d) Shop for dinner.
9. What did the author's mother do to remember her parent's deaths?
(a) She lit the mourning candle twice a year.
(b) She went to the cemetary where they were buried and laid flowers at their graves.
(c) She went dancing, her parents favorite thing to do together.
(d) She sat around and told stories of her parents to her friends.
10. What drove the author's mother to work so hard?
(a) Duty to her husband.
(b) They needed the money.
(c) She felt the women in the neighborhood needed her.
11. Who did the author's father meet?
(a) Fellow freelance musicians.
(b) Fellow freelance artists.
(c) Fellow freelance painters.
(d) Fellow freelance writers.
12. In front of what building did the author's father meet every Saturday morning?
(a) The coffee shop.
(b) The hardware store.
(c) The Municipal Bank.
(d) The delicatessen.
13. What can the author see in every ground floor kitchen window?
(a) Containers of milk and fresh poppy seed rolls.
(b) Pies cooling for dessert.
(c) Jars of beans and fresh herbs.
(d) Lemonade and jam.
14. How did the author feel about being confirmed?
(a) He did it for his mother and out of tradition.
(b) He did it out of peer pressure.
(c) He did it for the gifts.
(d) He was positive it was what he wanted to do.
15. What was the author's favorite delight in all seasons?
(a) Food from the delicatessen.
(b) Popcorn from the Coney Island dives.
(c) Roasted apples from the Jewish vendor.
(d) Caramels from the candy store.
Short Answer Questions
1. What political way of thinking did the author's parents practice?
2. When was the author's "great moment" of the Sabbath?
3. What kind of dresses did Mrs. B wear?
4. What did the Jewish vendors sell roasted potatoes, baked apples and knishes from?
5. What was the author's favorite school experience?
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