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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. The author likened his parents and himself to something rather simple. What did he liken them to?
(a) A fence post.
(b) A soup pot.
(d) A ladle.
2. Where did the civics teacher stand during the tests he gave?
(a) Outside the door.
(b) At the back of the classroom.
(c) In the middle of the classroom.
(d) Behind his desk.
3. Where was city land all around Brownsville? What were those pieces of land used for?
(a) A plot of land for squatters to camp.
(b) The neighborhood waste site.
(c) Cutting and storing tombstones.
(d) The neighborhood garden.
4. What does the author connect New York rush hour with from his childhood?
(a) The hour the town slept.
(b) The hour that moved the slowest.
(c) The hour the women worked frantically.
(d) The hour before supper.
5. What did the children buy from the small Italians?
(d) Shaved Ice.
6. What profession was the author's mother?
(a) A Cobbler.
(b) A Dressmaker.
(c) A Breadmaker.
(d) A Maid.
7. What was marriage to the author's parents?
(a) An institution.
(b) More joyous than words could express.
(c) A life sentence.
(d) A whirlwind of emotions.
8. In front of what building did the author's father meet every Saturday morning?
(a) The Municipal Bank.
(b) The delicatessen.
(c) The coffee shop.
(d) The hardware store.
9. How did the author feel about his Hebrew classes?
(a) That he was a leader among his peers.
(b) That he was put in the spotlight too often.
(c) That he lacked a genuine understanding of the faith and rituals.
(d) Confident and secure in his knowledge and faith.
10. What drove the author's mother to work so hard?
(a) They needed the money.
(b) She felt the women in the neighborhood needed her.
(c) Duty to her husband.
11. How did the author's parents feel of his generation?
(a) They were too frivolous.
(b) They were careless.
(c) They were foolish.
(d) They were free.
12. What description does the author give Belmont Avenue?
(a) The "loneliest street in Brownsville."
(b) The "merriest street in Brownsville."
(c) The "brightest street in Brownsville."
(d) The "loudest street in Brownsville."
13. What did the author spend his school days staring at in fear and anxiety?
(a) The clock.
(b) The boy in the second row who would tease him during lunch.
(c) A notebook that sat on the teachers desk.
(d) The ruler that was used to punish the students that hung on the wall.
14. What was all work measured by in the author's childhood home?
(a) The look on mother's face when she saw the job.
(b) The approval of peers.
(c) The length of a job.
(d) The perfect skill with which it was completed.
15. The author preferred the movie house over the synagogue, why did he favor the movie house?
(a) There was nothing there to remind him of Brownsville.
(b) They sold popcorn and other wonderful treats.
(c) It was cool there during the summer, it was the only place that stayed cool.
(d) He could escape his parents there.
Short Answer Questions
1. What nickname does the author give the second street?
2. What belief about Jews did the author grow up with?
3. How did the author feel about the women who sat around his dinner table on Friday nights?
4. What did the author do every time he walked into the civics teachers classroom?
5. What feelings does the author experience when he gets off the train?
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