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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. When did the author feel the only time his favorite food could be eaten in "good conscience"?
(a) Saturday night.
(b) On his way home from school.
(c) Friday night.
(d) After he finished playing stickball.

2. What did the author spend his school days staring at in fear and anxiety?
(a) A notebook that sat on the teachers desk.
(b) The boy in the second row who would tease him during lunch.
(c) The clock.
(d) The ruler that was used to punish the students that hung on the wall.

3. What did the author's family regularly do after their Friday night discussions?
(a) Listen to music.
(b) Go for a walk around the neighborhood.
(c) Read the newspaper.
(d) Play conasta.

4. What feelings does the author experience when he gets off the train?
(a) Rage, dread and unexpected tenderness.
(b) No feelings at all.
(c) Hope, lightheartedness and joy.
(d) Fear, loathing, and disgust.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is seltzer to the poor Jews?

2. Did the author feel he could openly discuss his feelings about God?

3. Who did the author's father meet?

4. What did the big Italians sell and during what time?

5. What was the author listening to when he last saw his childhood kitchen?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. There was one topic of discussion on the Sabbath nights that always made the author happy. What was that topic and why?

8. Describe the feelings the author first has when he enters his childhood neighborhood.

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

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

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