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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 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 ruler that was used to punish the students that hung on the wall.
(d) The clock.

2. Where was the author's father offered a homestead while he was working for the Union Pacific Railway?
(a) Colorado.
(b) St. Louis.
(c) Dallas.
(d) Omaha.

3. What political way of thinking did the author's parents practice?
(a) Marxism.
(b) Socialism.
(c) Republican.
(d) Democracy.

4. What association did the New York World hold for the author?
(a) The subway.
(b) The Brooklyn Bridge.
(c) The Sears Tower.
(d) The Empire State building.

5. The author preferred the movie house over the synagogue, why did he favor the movie house?
(a) He could escape his parents there.
(b) They sold popcorn and other wonderful treats.
(c) There was nothing there to remind him of Brownsville.
(d) It was cool there during the summer, it was the only place that stayed cool.

Short Answer Questions

1. When was the author's "great moment" of the Sabbath?

2. When the narrative begins, how many years has it been since the author left to live in "the city?"

3. What did the author always have in his hands when he was waiting fort the girl by the junkyard?

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

5. What time of day is the mind's "grazing time?"

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does the author describe the Episcopalian church in his childhood neighborhood?

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

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

8. What is prohibited on the Jewish Sabbath?

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

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

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