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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. What trait did the author's mother posses that she was most ashamed of?
(a) She had a limp on her right side.
(b) She was superstitious.
(c) She couldn't speak English.
(d) She had a large scar on her hand.

3. When was the Sabbath extra special for the author?
(a) When he was too sick to go to the synagogue.
(b) When his mother made his favorite dish of chicken and dumpling soup.
(c) When his mother was too sick to go to the synagogue.
(d) When his cousin had friends over for dinner.

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

5. 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) There was nothing there to remind him of Brownsville.
(c) He could escape his parents there.
(d) They sold popcorn and other wonderful treats.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does the author believe only truly free people are from?

2. Where did the author think he lived as a child?

3. Who did the author's father meet?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did the author have such a hard time when his mother, cousin and her friends started talking about "Heym?"

2. What are some of the memories the author has about his place of worship?

3. In the middle of the first section, 'From the Subway to the Synagogue', what is the first street the author mentions and how does he describe it?

4. Twice a year, the author's mother would mourn her parent's deaths. What other significance did his mother's mourning hold for the author?

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

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. How has the author's childhood neighborhood not changed?

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

9. What was the author most embarrassed about during his school years? What made those years worse?

10. What are the author's favorite memories from the first street in pages 'From the Subway to the Synagogue',?

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