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

2. How did the Jews greet the Sabbath?
(a) "As a ghost."
(b) "As a bride."
(c) "As a groom."
(d) "As a newborn babe."

3. In Brownsville, what room of the house was the largest and most important?
(a) The entry hall.
(b) The bathroom.
(c) The living room.
(d) The kitchen.

4. What did the author's mother do to remember her parent's deaths?
(a) She went to the cemetary where they were buried and laid flowers at their graves.
(b) She sat around and told stories of her parents to her friends.
(c) She went dancing, her parents favorite thing to do together.
(d) She lit the mourning candle twice a year.

5. When was the Sabbath extra special for the author?
(a) When his cousin had friends over for dinner.
(b) When he was too sick to go to the synagogue.
(c) When his mother made his favorite dish of chicken and dumpling soup.
(d) When his mother was too sick to go to the synagogue.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the author's favorite delight in all seasons?

2. When did the author feel the only time his favorite food could be eaten in "good conscience"?

3. What was the author's favorite school experience?

4. Where did the civics teacher stand during the tests he gave?

5. To the author's mother, what was the gateway to romance?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

5. What was the author most embarrassed about during his school years? What made those years worse?

6. In what ways did the kitchen hold the author's mother's character?

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

8. Describe the feelings the author first has when he enters his childhood neighborhood.

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

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

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