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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. During his childhood subway train rides to "the city," what told the author that he was on his last leg home?
(a) The Borough Hall Station.
(b) The East River.
(c) The east and west side express lane junctions.
(d) The Brooklyn-Clark Station.
2. What was all work measured by in the author's childhood home?
(a) The approval of peers.
(b) The perfect skill with which it was completed.
(c) The look on mother's face when she saw the job.
(d) The length of a job.
3. Who was Mrs. B said to have physical relations with?
(a) The principal.
(b) The math teacher.
(c) The physical education teacher.
(d) The English teacher.
4. The author's childhood school is still standing in the neighborhood, how does the school feel to the author?
(a) Cold and damp.
(b) Like a hospital.
(c) Like a castle.
(d) Like home.
5. When was the Sabbath extra special for the author?
(a) When his mother made his favorite dish of chicken and dumpling soup.
(b) When his cousin had friends over for dinner.
(c) When he was too sick to go to the synagogue.
(d) When his mother was too sick to go to the synagogue.
6. What emotion does the author speak of in great length in Section 3?
7. What is seltzer to the poor Jews?
(a) A luxury.
(b) Used as a medicine.
(c) Something only the wealthy could acquire.
(d) Worse than their drinking water.
8. What was the author's favorite school experience?
(a) Walking past the girls' bathroom.
(b) Saying the pledge of allegiance daily.
(c) Visiting the assembly hall.
(d) His weekly visits with the speech pathologist.
9. Where does the author believe only truly free people are from?
(c) New York City.
10. Who inspired the teaching style and curriculum of the author's civics teacher?
(a) Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
(b) Calvin Coolidge.
(c) Theodore Roosevelt.
(d) Herbert Hoover.
11. What feelings does the author experience when he gets off the train?
(a) Fear, loathing, and disgust.
(b) Hope, lightheartedness and joy.
(c) No feelings at all.
(d) Rage, dread and unexpected tenderness.
12. 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.
13. What did the author's mother do out of loneliness every evening?
(a) She would cry silently at her sewing machine.
(b) She would cry silently at the sink while she washed dishes.
(c) She would stare out at the street.
(d) She would read from her parent's memoirs.
14. What kind of books did the author go to his cousin's room to read?
(a) English books.
(b) Books on how to date women.
(c) Yiddish books.
(d) Books on government.
15. What profession was the author's mother?
(a) A Breadmaker.
(b) A Dressmaker.
(c) A Maid.
(d) A Cobbler.
Short Answer Questions
1. What instrument did the author play as a child?
2. What did the older neighbor boys do when they came home from work?
3. What were the author's lasting feelings about his school years?
4. To the author's mother, what was the gateway to romance?
5. What country did the civics teacher come from?
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