A Walker in the City Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the author's mother do to remember her parent's deaths?

2. When was the author's "great moment" of the Sabbath?

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

4. What is seltzer to the poor Jews?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. During the day the author's home was different than others. How was it different?

3. How has the author's childhood neighborhood not changed?

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

5. What is prohibited on the Jewish Sabbath?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the narrative, the author continually describes his struggle with feeling like an outsider. The author also talks about how he tried to escape being an outsider.

Part 1) Have you ever felt like an outsider?

Part 2) What ways have you discovered help you not feel like an outsider?

Essay Topic 2

During the Jewish Sabbath worship, the author's family did something that was unorthodox. What was that practice and what was it's impact on the family? Explain the emotions and expressions the author's family had.

Essay Topic 3

During the summer of his 16th year, the author joins a group with Socialist ties. What does the author feel his connection to the Socialist group is? His parents were of the Socialist influence, was that his draw to the party or did he truly believe the party would make what was wrong in his world right?

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