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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 were the author's lasting feelings about his school years?
(a) A lifelong sense of being judged.
(b) A feeling of inadequacy.
(c) A hopeful feeling of accomplishment.
(d) A feeling of success.

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

3. What did the author always have in his hands when he was waiting fort the girl by the junkyard?
(a) His baseball mitt.
(b) His prayer book.
(c) His little red books.
(d) His lucky penny.

4. When was the author's "great moment" of the Sabbath?
(a) When the prayers were being said.
(b) When his mother placed the challah on the table.
(c) When it was over.
(d) When his father came home.

5. In what battle did the brother of the author's cousin go missing?
(a) The Battle of Tannenberg.
(b) The Battle of Sarikamish.
(c) The Second Battle of Oituz.
(d) The Bergman Offensive.

Short Answer Questions

1. What nickname does the author give the second street?

2. Who is it the author always sees first when he enters Brownsville?

3. What is the name and nickname of the third street the author mentions in Part 1, pages 30-47?

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

5. What trait did the author's mother posses that she was most ashamed of?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is prohibited on the Jewish Sabbath?

2. What kind of geographies does the author describe in the last part of 'From the Subway to the Synagogue'? What do describing these geographies lead to?

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

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

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

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

7. The author's mother was a dressmaker. What was her process of creation?

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

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

10. There was one topic of discussion on the Sabbath nights that always made the author happy. What was that topic and why?

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