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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 does the author connect New York rush hour with from his childhood?
(a) The hour before supper.
(b) The hour that moved the slowest.
(c) The hour the women worked frantically.
(d) The hour the town slept.

2. What was the author's favorite school experience?
(a) His weekly visits with the speech pathologist.
(b) Walking past the girls' bathroom.
(c) Visiting the assembly hall.
(d) Saying the pledge of allegiance.

3. What can the author see in every ground floor kitchen window?
(a) Pies cooling for dessert.
(b) Containers of milk and fresh poppy seed rolls.
(c) Jars of beans and fresh herbs.
(d) Lemonade and jam.

4. How did the author feel when he walked into his synagogue?
(a) Numb.
(b) Sad.
(c) At home.
(d) Alien.

5. What was all work measured by in the author's childhood home?
(a) The perfect skill with which it was completed.
(b) The approval of peers.
(c) The look on mother's face when she saw the job.
(d) The length of a job.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What still lines Belmont Avenue that was there during the author's childhood?

3. What did the three dressmakers and the author's mother speak of that made the author upset?

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

5. What did the children buy from the Syrian vendors?

Short Essay Questions

1. The author and his mother take a day trip to a local attraction. Where did they go and what did they experience?

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

3. The author met two boys who were part of the Socialist group, David and Isrolik. What was it about these boys that the author enjoyed?

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

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

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

7. What led the author to fantasize about Mrs. Solovey every night before bed?

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

9. What was it about the Solovey's that had the entire neighborhood intrigued?

10. The author was given a book and the giver was surprised. Why was she surprised?

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