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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How did the author feel about the women who sat around his dinner table on Friday nights?
(a) He got lost in their conversations but still sat there and listened.
(b) They were they joy in the home.
(c) He was infatuated with one of them so he would listen in rapture to them.
(d) They were too noisy and would escape the house.

2. Who did the author say it was good to be back among?
(a) The women who shouted from the market.
(b) His family.
(c) The children playing stickball on on the block.
(d) The children playing handball on the street.

3. What instrument did the author play as a child?
(a) The trumpet.
(b) The clarinet.
(c) The piano.
(d) The violin.

4. What time of day is the mind's "grazing time?"
(a) Twilight.
(b) Dinner time.
(c) Bedtime.
(d) The time between dinner and bedtime in which only relaxing was done.

5. At what age are Jewish boys "confirmed?"
(a) Eighteen.
(b) Twelve.
(c) Thirteen.
(d) Fifteen.

6. What association did the New York World hold for the author?
(a) The Sears Tower.
(b) The subway.
(c) The Brooklyn Bridge.
(d) The Empire State building.

7. 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 was unthinkable.
(d) It wasn't done.

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

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

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

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

12. What country did the civics teacher come from?
(a) Poland.
(b) England.
(c) Ireland.
(d) Germany.

13. What were the author's lasting feelings about his school years?
(a) A feeling of inadequacy.
(b) A lifelong sense of being judged.
(c) A hopeful feeling of accomplishment.
(d) A feeling of success.

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

15. What physical trait was the author most embarrassed by during his early school years?
(a) His religion.
(b) His stammer.
(c) His limp.
(d) His birthmark.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the author's favorite school experience?

2. What kind of books did the author go to his cousin's room to read?

3. Where did the civics teacher stand during the tests he gave?

4. How did the author describe the Episcopalian church in the neighborhood?

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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