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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. What did the team receive if they won the competition between the "Army Navy" tests the civics teacher gave?
(a) An automatic passing grade on a test.
(b) A gold star.
(c) A blue star.
(d) A free pass to the bathroom.

3. What did the author's mother do out of loneliness every evening?
(a) She would stare out at the street.
(b) She would read from her parent's memoirs.
(c) She would cry silently at her sewing machine.
(d) She would cry silently at the sink while she washed dishes.

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

5. How did the author's parents feel of his generation?
(a) They were free.
(b) They were careless.
(c) They were foolish.
(d) They were too frivolous.

Short Answer Questions

1. When the author discovers a new development in a familiar part of town, he had a particular feeling toward seeing the development. What was the feeling he had?

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

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

4. What did the street always smell faintly of?

5. How did the author secretly think of the synagogue?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How has the author's childhood neighborhood not changed?

6. What is prohibited on the Jewish Sabbath?

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

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

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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