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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 did the author feel could intercede with God for him?

2. Did the author feel he could openly discuss his feelings about God?

3. Who did the author say it was good to be back among?

4. What profession was the author's mother?

5. What was the author's favorite school experience?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Why does the author specifically remember the second street in 'From the Subway to the Synagogue'?

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

5. Why did the author have such a hard time when his mother, cousin and her friends started talking about "Heym?"

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In the second section, the author is given a nickname by his father. This nickname deeply affects the author. With specific examples from the text, please describe how it touched the author and how his view of his father changed at that point.

Essay Topic 3

How much of the author's unhappiness was self-inflicted? How could he have done or interpreted things differently in his life in such a way that he would have been less resentful and more content? Cite specific examples.

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