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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What political way of thinking did the author's parents practice?
(a) Socialism.
(b) Democracy.
(c) Republican.
(d) Marxism.

3. The author didn't associate his school years with learning, what did he associate them with?
(a) Building good character.
(b) Avoiding the bullies who tortured him daily.
(c) Chasing the girls in the school yard.
(d) Proving the teachers wrong.

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

5. Where was city land all around Brownsville? What were those pieces of land used for?
(a) The neighborhood waste site.
(b) Cutting and storing tombstones.
(c) The neighborhood garden.
(d) A plot of land for squatters to camp.

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

7. What was the author listening to when he last saw his childhood kitchen?
(a) His parents fight over money.
(b) The first Sabbath services from Belsen concentration camp.
(c) The sound of children happily playing in the streets before suppertime.
(d) The announcement of Dwight D. Eisenhower's election as president.

8. What is the name and nickname of the third street the author mentions in Part 1, pages 30-47?
(a) Broadview Avenue, the lonely street.
(b) Hampton Street, the playground.
(c) Roosevelt Avenue, the wealthy street.
(d) Chester Street, the way home.

9. Did the author feel he could openly discuss his feelings about God?
(a) He felt he could only discuss them with his friends from school.
(b) Yes.
(c) No.
(d) He only felt he could express them to his parents.

10. How did the author describe the Episcopalian church in the neighborhood?
(a) Daunting.
(b) Rundown.
(c) Quite plain.
(d) Romantic and ethereal.

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

12. Where was the author's father offered a homestead while he was working for the Union Pacific Railway?
(a) Omaha.
(b) Dallas.
(c) Colorado.
(d) St. Louis.

13. What did the children buy from the small Italians?
(a) Strawberries.
(b) Sodas.
(c) Pasta.
(d) Shaved Ice.

14. How did the author's parents feel of his generation?
(a) They were foolish.
(b) They were too frivolous.
(c) They were free.
(d) They were careless.

15. What drove the author's mother to work so hard?
(a) They needed the money.
(b) Duty to her husband.
(c) Loneliness.
(d) She felt the women in the neighborhood needed her.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Mrs. E do when she abandoned her housework for a half hour every morning?

2. What did the older neighbor boys do when they came home from work?

3. During his childhood subway train rides to "the city," what told the author that he was on his last leg home?

4. What did the Jewish vendors sell roasted potatoes, baked apples and knishes from?

5. What belief about Jews did the author grow up with?

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