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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. The author's mother was a hard worker but there was something she couldn't do. What was that one thing?
(a) Work the victrola.
(b) Read at all.
(c) Read English.
(d) Do basic math.

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

3. Where does the author believe only truly free people are from?
(a) England.
(b) New York City.
(c) Poland.
(d) Russia.

4. What was the author's favorite school experience?
(a) His weekly visits with the speech pathologist.
(b) Saying the pledge of allegiance daily.
(c) Walking past the girls' bathroom.
(d) Visiting the assembly hall.

5. How did the author feel about his Hebrew classes?
(a) That he was a leader among his peers.
(b) Confident and secure in his knowledge and faith.
(c) That he lacked a genuine understanding of the faith and rituals.
(d) That he was put in the spotlight too often.

Short Answer Questions

1. What political way of thinking did the author's parents practice?

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

3. What physical trait was the author most embarrassed by during his early school years?

4. What kind of dresses did Mrs. B wear?

5. Who is it the author always sees first when he enters Brownsville?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what happened at the drugstore after the author's childhood therapy session.

2. What kind of geographies does the author describe in the last part of 'From the Subway to the Synagogue'? What do describing these geographies lead to?

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

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

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

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

9. Why didn't the author believe his cousin and her friends were of his parent's generation?

10. What is the third street the author mentions in "From the Subway to the Synagogue" and what is it's significance?

(see the answer keys)

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