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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 nickname did the author's father give him?
(a) Lazer.
(b) Heshie.
(c) Kaddish.
(d) Yankel.

2. What still lines Belmont Avenue that was there during the author's childhood?
(a) Pots of flowers.
(b) Pushcarts.
(c) Garbage.
(d) Sewage.

3. What description does the author give Belmont Avenue?
(a) The "merriest street in Brownsville."
(b) The "loudest street in Brownsville."
(c) The "loneliest street in Brownsville."
(d) The "brightest street in Brownsville."

4. The author stopped at the neighborhood drugstore to have lunch one day. While eating his sandwich, some of it fell into a pile of dust. How did this make the author feel?
(a) Judged by those who saw him have the accident.
(b) Shameful for wasting food.
(c) Abandoned by the world.
(d) Happy, as the sandwich had a hair in it.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. The author preferred the movie house over the synagogue, why did he favor the movie house?

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 big Italians sell and during what time?

5. In what battle did the brother of the author's cousin go missing?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why didn't the author believe his cousin and her friends were of his parent's generation?

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

3. In the middle of the first section, 'From the Subway to the Synagogue', what is the first street the author mentions and how does he describe it?

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

5. What is the nickname the author's father gave him? What is the meaning of the nickname and did the author like his nickname?

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

7. 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?

8. How does the author describe the second street he remembers and what is it's name?

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

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

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