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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What still lines Belmont Avenue that was there during the author's childhood?
(a) Sewage.
(b) Pots of flowers.
(c) Pushcarts.
(d) Garbage.

2. Where did the author run away from his father?
(a) Prospect Park.
(b) The Abraham and Straus Store.
(c) Atlantic Avenue.
(d) Grand Army Plaza.

3. How did the author feel about his Hebrew classes?
(a) That he lacked a genuine understanding of the faith and rituals.
(b) That he was a leader among his peers.
(c) Confident and secure in his knowledge and faith.
(d) That he was put in the spotlight too often.

4. What trait did the author's mother posses that she was most ashamed of?
(a) She had a limp on her right side.
(b) She couldn't speak English.
(c) She was superstitious.
(d) She had a large scar on her hand.

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

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

7. 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 Brooklyn-Clark Station.
(c) The east and west side express lane junctions.
(d) The Borough Hall Station.

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

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

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

11. Who inspired the teaching style and curriculum of the author's civics teacher?
(a) Herbert Hoover.
(b) Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
(c) Theodore Roosevelt.
(d) Calvin Coolidge.

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

13. What would the author skip pages of his favorite book to read?
(a) The description of the mountainous terrain the characters lived in.
(b) The description of the ship the immigrants came across the ocean on.
(c) The description of the homestead the characters were building.
(d) The description of the characters eating black bread, salt and tomatoes.

14. What did the author spend his school days staring at in fear and anxiety?
(a) A notebook that sat on the teachers desk.
(b) The ruler that was used to punish the students that hung on the wall.
(c) The clock.
(d) The boy in the second row who would tease him during lunch.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What profession was the author's mother?

2. Who did the author feel could intercede with God for him?

3. When the narrative begins, how many years has it been since the author left to live in "the city?"

4. Where does the author believe only truly free people are from?

5. What is the era in which the author's childhood took place?

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