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

3. What was marriage to the author's parents?
(a) A life sentence.
(b) More joyous than words could express.
(c) An institution.
(d) A whirlwind of emotions.

4. When was the author's "great moment" of the Sabbath?
(a) When the prayers were being said.
(b) When his mother placed the challah on the table.
(c) When it was over.
(d) When his father came home.

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

6. What is the name and nickname of the third street the author mentions in Part 1, pages 30-47?
(a) Chester Street, the way home.
(b) Hampton Street, the playground.
(c) Broadview Avenue, the lonely street.
(d) Roosevelt Avenue, the wealthy street.

7. How did the author secretly think of the synagogue?
(a) He thought it was haunted.
(b) It was a happy place.
(c) As a mean place.
(d) He felt more comfortable there than he did at school.

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

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

10. Where does the author step off the train when he first enters Brownsville?
(a) Main Street.
(b) Rockaway Avenue.
(c) 35th Street.
(d) Broadview Avenue.

11. Who could the author hear crying in the streets at night as a child?
(a) The evicted tenants of the neighborhood.
(b) The woman down the street who's cat ran away.
(c) The neighborhood cats.
(d) The man who had just lost his wife.

12. Who was Mrs. B said to have physical relations with?
(a) The English teacher.
(b) The math teacher.
(c) The principal.
(d) The physical education teacher.

13. 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) A notebook that sat on the teachers desk.
(c) The boy in the second row who would tease him during lunch.
(d) The clock.

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

15. What did the author's mother do to remember her parent's deaths?
(a) She went dancing, her parents favorite thing to do together.
(b) She went to the cemetary where they were buried and laid flowers at their graves.
(c) She sat around and told stories of her parents to her friends.
(d) She lit the mourning candle twice a year.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What emotion does the author speak of in great length in Section 3?

3. What did Mrs. E do when she abandoned her housework for a half hour every morning?

4. During his childhood subway train rides to "the city," what told the author that he was on his last leg home?

5. 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?

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