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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. During his childhood subway train rides to "the city," what told the author that he was on his last leg home?
(a) The Borough Hall Station.
(b) The East River.
(c) The Brooklyn-Clark Station.
(d) The east and west side express lane junctions.

2. What trait did the author's mother posses that she was most ashamed of?
(a) She had a large scar on her hand.
(b) She was superstitious.
(c) She couldn't speak English.
(d) She had a limp on her right side.

3. What time of day is the mind's "grazing time?"
(a) The time between dinner and bedtime in which only relaxing was done.
(b) Bedtime.
(c) Dinner time.
(d) Twilight.

4. Who could the author hear crying in the streets at night as a child?
(a) The evicted tenants of the neighborhood.
(b) The woman down the street who's cat ran away.
(c) The man who had just lost his wife.
(d) The neighborhood cats.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How did the author's parents feel of his generation?

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

3. What did the big Italians sell and during what time?

4. What did the Jews of Brownsville think of someone "going their own way" or not following tradition?

5. What did the children buy from the small Italians?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who does the author feel is his advocate in religion? How does the author feel about God?

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 time of day was the loneliest for the author's mother and why? What brought her out of her loneliness?

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

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

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

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

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

10. Which of the buildings in Brownsville that has been demolished holds the most fond memories for the author and why?

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