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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Where does the author step off the train when he first enters Brownsville?
(a) 35th Street.
(b) Rockaway Avenue.
(c) Main Street.
(d) Broadview Avenue.
2. The author likened his parents and himself to something rather simple. What did he liken them to?
(a) A ladle.
(b) A soup pot.
(d) A fence post.
3. What did the women of Brownsville force their children to do?
(b) Stay outside until dinner was ready.
(c) Beat rugs on the stoop.
(d) Shop for dinner.
4. Who could the author hear crying in the streets at night as a child?
(a) The woman down the street who's cat ran away.
(b) The neighborhood cats.
(c) The evicted tenants of the neighborhood.
(d) The man who had just lost his wife.
5. What did the street always smell faintly of?
(a) Freshly baked bread.
(b) The garbage left on the curb.
(c) The sewage from the squatter's lot.
(d) The candy from the wholesaler's windows.
6. What did the older neighbor boys do when they came home from work?
(a) Released pigeons.
(b) Call on the author's cousin.
(c) Go out for a drink.
(d) Play instruments out on the street.
7. What is the era in which the author's childhood took place?
(a) The Great Depression.
(b) The 1920's.
(c) World War One.
(d) World War Two.
8. The author preferred the movie house over the synagogue, why did he favor the movie house?
(a) It was cool there during the summer, it was the only place that stayed cool.
(b) He could escape his parents there.
(c) There was nothing there to remind him of Brownsville.
(d) They sold popcorn and other wonderful treats.
9. What kind of books did the author go to his cousin's room to read?
(a) Books on how to date women.
(b) Books on government.
(c) English books.
(d) Yiddish books.
10. What drove the author's mother to work so hard?
(b) They needed the money.
(c) She felt the women in the neighborhood needed her.
(d) Duty to her husband.
11. Who inspired the teaching style and curriculum of the author's civics teacher?
(a) Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
(b) Herbert Hoover.
(c) Theodore Roosevelt.
(d) Calvin Coolidge.
12. What did the three dressmakers and the author's mother speak of that made the author upset?
(c) The war.
13. In Brownsville, what room of the house was the largest and most important?
(a) The kitchen.
(b) The bathroom.
(c) The entry hall.
(d) The living room.
14. When was the author's "great moment" of the Sabbath?
(a) When his mother placed the challah on the table.
(b) When it was over.
(c) When his father came home.
(d) When the prayers were being said.
15. What was the author's favorite school experience?
(a) His weekly visits with the speech pathologist.
(b) Saying the pledge of allegiance.
(c) Visiting the assembly hall.
(d) Walking past the girls' bathroom.
Short Answer Questions
1. Did the author's mother believe her son's generation would succeed?
2. What did the children buy from the small Italians?
3. Where did the author run away from his father?
4. What emotion does the author speak of in great length in Section 3?
5. What profession was the author's mother?
This section contains 526 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)