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. Who could the author hear crying in the streets at night as a child?

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

3. What did Mrs. E do when she abandoned her housework for a half hour every morning?

4. What time of day is the mind's "grazing time?"

5. What did the author spend his school days staring at in fear and anxiety?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is prohibited on the Jewish Sabbath?

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

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

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

6. How does the author feel about his childhood school?

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

During the Jewish Sabbath the author's mother and the three dressmakers talk of their home and the traditions. What key elements of home do the women discuss and how did those elements differ from the modern society? When the three dressmakers talk of their "freedom" from the traditions of the neighborhood, what are they talking about? What emotion are they searching for and why do the author's parents feel this is an unattainable goal?

Essay Topic 2

What importance did the Soloveys hold for the author? They had a past and a relationship that was unique, what about those ideas was unique to them? What about Mrs. Solovey was so enticing for the author? What was his made-up name for her and what character from a book did he associate her with? What about Mr. Solovey was important to the author? What connection did they have?

Essay Topic 3

In specific detail from the book, list important objects from the author's childhood kitchen and their role in his daily life and the energy of the home.

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