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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 East River.
(b) The east and west side express lane junctions.
(c) The Borough Hall Station.
(d) The Brooklyn-Clark Station.

2. What physical trait was the author most embarrassed by during his early school years?
(a) His stammer.
(b) His birthmark.
(c) His limp.
(d) His religion.

3. What drove the author's mother to work so hard?
(a) They needed the money.
(b) Duty to her husband.
(c) Loneliness.
(d) She felt the women in the neighborhood needed her.

4. What did the three dressmakers and the author's mother speak of that made the author upset?
(a) Home.
(b) The war.
(c) Politics.
(d) Love.

5. What emotion does the author speak of in great length in Section 3?
(a) Joy.
(b) Love.
(c) Pain.
(d) Fear.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was Mrs. B said to have physical relations with?

2. What did the older neighbor boys do when they came home from work?

3. What is the era in which the author's childhood took place?

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

5. The author didn't associate his school years with learning, what did he associate them with?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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