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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What was the author's favorite school experience?
(a) Saying the pledge of allegiance daily.
(b) Walking past the girls' bathroom.
(c) Visiting the assembly hall.
(d) His weekly visits with the speech pathologist.
2. How did the author describe the Episcopalian church in the neighborhood?
(b) Quite plain.
(d) Romantic and ethereal.
3. What did the big Italians sell and during what time?
(a) Roasted nuts during the winter.
(b) Watermelons during the summer.
(c) Yogurt during the spring.
(d) Baked apples during the fall.
4. 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.
5. When was the author's "great moment" of the Sabbath?
(a) When his father came home.
(b) When the prayers were being said.
(c) When it was over.
(d) When his mother placed the challah on the table.
6. What did the children buy from the Syrian vendors?
(b) Yaknit al-kama.
7. What was marriage to the author's parents?
(a) A life sentence.
(b) An institution.
(c) More joyous than words could express.
(d) A whirlwind of emotions.
8. Did the author feel he could openly discuss his feelings about God?
(a) He only felt he could express them to his parents.
(d) He felt he could only discuss them with his friends from school.
9. Did the author's mother believe her son's generation would succeed?
(b) She thought that if they didn't follow the traditions, they would fail.
(c) She felt that Socialism would lead everyone to succeed.
10. Where does the author believe only truly free people are from?
(a) New York City.
11. What feelings does the author experience when he gets off the train?
(a) Rage, dread and unexpected tenderness.
(b) No feelings at all.
(c) Hope, lightheartedness and joy.
(d) Fear, loathing, and disgust.
12. How did the Jews greet the Sabbath?
(a) "As a bride."
(b) "As a newborn babe."
(c) "As a ghost."
(d) "As a groom."
13. What did the street always smell faintly of?
(a) The sewage from the squatter's lot.
(b) The garbage left on the curb.
(c) Freshly baked bread.
(d) The candy from the wholesaler's windows.
14. When the narrative begins, how many years has it been since the author left to live in "the city?"
(a) Thirteen Years.
(b) Five Years.
(c) Ten Years.
(d) Three Years.
15. How did the author feel about his Hebrew classes?
(a) That he was a leader among his peers.
(b) That he lacked a genuine understanding of the faith and rituals.
(c) That he was put in the spotlight too often.
(d) Confident and secure in his knowledge and faith.
Short Answer Questions
1. In Brownsville, what room of the house was the largest and most important?
2. The author's childhood school is still standing in the neighborhood, how does the school feel to the author?
3. What did the team receive if they won the competition between the "Army Navy" tests the civics teacher gave?
4. What still lines Belmont Avenue that was there during the author's childhood?
5. Who did the author say it was good to be back among?
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