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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. What instrument did the author play as a child?
(a) The violin.
(b) The trumpet.
(c) The clarinet.
(d) The piano.

2. Where did the author think he lived as a child?
(a) The place most suited to his family.
(b) The end of the world.
(c) The best place a child could grow up.
(d) The most lonely place in the world.

3. Where does the author step off the train when he first enters Brownsville?
(a) Main Street.
(b) Rockaway Avenue.
(c) Broadview Avenue.
(d) 35th Street.

4. Who is it the author always sees first when he enters Brownsville?
(a) The Negroes.
(b) The old women.
(c) The children.
(d) The subway guard.

5. What belief about Jews did the author grow up with?
(a) That they were destined to be propertyless workers.
(b) That they were destined to marry only out of duty.
(c) That they were destined to be bankers.
(d) That they were destined to be leaders of the country.

Short Answer Questions

1. The author stopped at the neighborhood drugstore to have lunch one day. While eating his sandwich, some of it fell into a pile of dust. How did this make the author feel?

2. What did the author do every time he walked into the civics teachers classroom?

3. To the author's mother, what was the gateway to romance?

4. What did the Jews of Brownsville think of someone "going their own way" or not following tradition?

5. What was the author's favorite delight in all seasons?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What time of day was the loneliest for the author's mother and why? What brought her out of her loneliness?

3. The author's mother was a dressmaker. What was her process of creation?

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

7. 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?

8. 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?

9. Which of the buildings in Brownsville that has been demolished holds the most fond memories for the author and why?

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

(see the answer keys)

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