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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What would the author skip pages of his favorite book to read?
(a) The description of the characters eating black bread, salt and tomatoes.
(b) The description of the mountainous terrain the characters lived in.
(c) The description of the ship the immigrants came across the ocean on.
(d) The description of the homestead the characters were building.

4. What did the team receive if they won the competition between the "Army Navy" tests the civics teacher gave?
(a) A blue star.
(b) A free pass to the bathroom.
(c) An automatic passing grade on a test.
(d) A gold star.

5. During his childhood subway train rides to "the city," what told the author that he was on his last leg home?
(a) The Brooklyn-Clark Station.
(b) The Borough Hall Station.
(c) The East River.
(d) The east and west side express lane junctions.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is seltzer to the poor Jews?

2. Who inspired the teaching style and curriculum of the author's civics teacher?

3. What instrument did the author play as a child?

4. How did the author's parents feel of his generation?

5. Where did the author run away from his father?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does the author feel is his advocate in religion? How does the author feel about God?

2. What is prohibited on the Jewish Sabbath?

3. What was the best part of the author's school experience and why?

4. How does the author describe his childhood perception of the distance between Brownsville and New York?

5. In what ways did the kitchen hold the author's mother's character?

6. The author liked to go to his cousin's room right before supper. What did he like to do while he was in there?

7. What is the nickname the author's father gave him? What is the meaning of the nickname and did the author like his nickname?

8. During the day the author's home was different than others. How was it different?

9. How does the author feel about his childhood school?

10. Why does the author specifically remember the second street in 'From the Subway to the Synagogue'?

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