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 spend his school days staring at in fear and anxiety?

2. What country did the civics teacher come from?

3. What was marriage to the author's parents?

4. In front of what building did the author's father meet every Saturday morning?

5. What profession was the author's mother?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the nickname the author's father gave him? What is the meaning of the nickname and did the author like his nickname?

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

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

4. 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?

5. How does the author describe the second street he remembers and what is it's name?

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

7. What is prohibited on the Jewish Sabbath?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How do his relationships with the last few people, including his parents, help the author to reach his ultimate goal? What is the author's goal? How does the accomplishment of the goal suggest that the ending of this book isn't an ending but a beginning?

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

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.

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