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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What profession was the author's mother?
(a) A Dressmaker.
(b) A Breadmaker.
(c) A Maid.
(d) A Cobbler.
2. What did the three dressmakers and the author's mother speak of that made the author upset?
(c) The war.
3. What did the Jewish vendors sell roasted potatoes, baked apples and knishes from?
(a) A black oil barrel.
(b) A shiny metal cart.
(c) A tin stove.
(d) A wood cart.
4. The author preferred the movie house over the synagogue, why did he favor the movie house?
(a) They sold popcorn and other wonderful treats.
(b) It was cool there during the summer, it was the only place that stayed cool.
(c) He could escape his parents there.
(d) There was nothing there to remind him of Brownsville.
5. During his childhood subway train rides to "the city," what told the author that he was on his last leg home?
(a) The East River.
(b) The Borough Hall Station.
(c) The Brooklyn-Clark Station.
(d) The east and west side express lane junctions.
6. What did the team receive if they won the competition between the "Army Navy" tests the civics teacher gave?
(a) A gold star.
(b) A blue star.
(c) A free pass to the bathroom.
(d) An automatic passing grade on a test.
7. When was the Sabbath extra special for the author?
(a) When he was too sick to go to the synagogue.
(b) When his cousin had friends over for dinner.
(c) When his mother made his favorite dish of chicken and dumpling soup.
(d) When his mother was too sick to go to the synagogue.
8. What trait did the author's mother posses that she was most ashamed of?
(a) She had a large scar on her hand.
(b) She had a limp on her right side.
(c) She couldn't speak English.
(d) She was superstitious.
9. What was the author's favorite school experience?
(a) Visiting the assembly hall.
(b) Walking past the girls' bathroom.
(c) His weekly visits with the speech pathologist.
(d) Saying the pledge of allegiance.
10. Where did the author think he lived as a child?
(a) The place most suited to his family.
(b) The most lonely place in the world.
(c) The end of the world.
(d) The best place a child could grow up.
11. What is seltzer to the poor Jews?
(a) Used as a medicine.
(b) A luxury.
(c) Something only the wealthy could acquire.
(d) Worse than their drinking water.
12. What country did the civics teacher come from?
13. What did the Jews of Brownsville think of someone "going their own way" or not following tradition?
(a) It was radical.
(b) It was courageous.
(c) It wasn't done.
(d) It was unthinkable.
14. At what age are Jewish boys "confirmed?"
15. Who is it the author always sees first when he enters Brownsville?
(a) The Negroes.
(b) The subway guard.
(c) The children.
(d) The old women.
Short Answer Questions
1. What did the big Italians sell and during what time?
2. The author likened his parents and himself to something rather simple. What did he liken them to?
3. How did the author secretly think of the synagogue?
4. What physical trait was the author most embarrassed by during his early school years?
5. When was the author's "great moment" of the Sabbath?
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