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

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

3. The author didn't associate his school years with learning, what did he associate them with?
(a) Chasing the girls in the school yard.
(b) Building good character.
(c) Proving the teachers wrong.
(d) Avoiding the bullies who tortured him daily.

4. What drove the author's mother to work so hard?
(a) They needed the money.
(b) Loneliness.
(c) Duty to her husband.
(d) She felt the women in the neighborhood needed her.

5. Where did the author run away from his father?
(a) The Abraham and Straus Store.
(b) Grand Army Plaza.
(c) Atlantic Avenue.
(d) Prospect Park.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the author's favorite school experience?

2. During his childhood subway train rides to "the city," what told the author that he was on his last leg home?

3. Did the author's mother believe her son's generation would succeed?

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

5. How did the author feel about the women who sat around his dinner table on Friday nights?

Short Essay Questions

1. There were many things the author liked about David's home. What was the one thing that truly made the house stand out to him?

2. What did the second hand furniture shops remind the author of?

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

4. What was the best part of the author's school experience and why?

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

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

7. On the day of his confirmation at thirteen, the author discovers something in his study of the Bible. What did he discover?

8. When the author would play games with his friends, he would usually hide in the monument works. What was significant about the monument works?

9. Who were the two colorful women the author remembers in great detail?

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

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