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

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

3. How did the author feel about the women who sat around his dinner table on Friday nights?
(a) He got lost in their conversations but still sat there and listened.
(b) They were they joy in the home.
(c) They were too noisy and would escape the house.
(d) He was infatuated with one of them so he would listen in rapture to them.

4. How did the author feel about being confirmed?
(a) He did it for the gifts.
(b) He was positive it was what he wanted to do.
(c) He did it out of peer pressure.
(d) He did it for his mother and out of tradition.

5. What kind of dresses did Mrs. B wear?
(a) Billowing chiffon dresses.
(b) Ankle length flowery dresses.
(c) Stiff Nun's habits.
(d) Plain, old fashioned dressses.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Brownsville, what room of the house was the largest and most important?

2. What is seltzer to the poor Jews?

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

4. Where was city land all around Brownsville? What were those pieces of land used for?

5. What association did the New York World hold for the author?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Who does the demolished part of the author's childhood neighborhood remind the author of and why was she so important to him?

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

4. What is prohibited on the Jewish Sabbath?

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

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

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

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

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

10. How did the author feel about his religion teachers and why?

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