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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 trait did the author's mother posses that she was most ashamed of?

2. How did the author feel when he walked into his synagogue?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. The author liked to go to his cousin's room right before supper. What did he like to do while he was in there?

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

4. How does the author describe the Episcopalian church in his childhood neighborhood?

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

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

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

8. What kind of geographies does the author describe in the last part of 'From the Subway to the Synagogue'? What do describing these geographies lead to?

9. In the middle of the first section, 'From the Subway to the Synagogue', what is the first street the author mentions and how does he describe it?

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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