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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. Who inspired the teaching style and curriculum of the author's civics teacher?
(a) Calvin Coolidge.
(b) Herbert Hoover.
(c) Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
(d) Theodore Roosevelt.

2. 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.

3. What did the children buy from the Syrian vendors?
(a) Manoushah.
(b) Couscous.
(c) Yaknit al-kama.
(d) Halvah.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the author do every time he walked into the civics teachers classroom?

2. The author's childhood school is still standing in the neighborhood, how does the school feel to the author?

3. What was the author listening to when he last saw his childhood kitchen?

4. Who did the author's father meet?

5. How did the author feel about being confirmed?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. What are the author's favorite memories from the first street in pages 'From the Subway to the Synagogue',?

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

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

6. Why did the author have such a hard time when his mother, cousin and her friends started talking about "Heym?"

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

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

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

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

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