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

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

3. What did the big Italians sell and during what time?

4. What drove the author's mother to work so hard?

5. How did the author's parents feel of his generation?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. There was one topic of discussion on the Sabbath nights that always made the author happy. What was that topic and why?

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

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

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

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

7. Describe the feelings the author first has when he enters his childhood neighborhood.

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

9. What is prohibited on the Jewish Sabbath?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author felt the most joy in a place where he felt the most uncomfortable. Explore the idea of the author's constant struggle with feeling like an outsider or an alien.

Essay Topic 2

The author walks through his childhood neighborhood describing significant places and moments. What could his reasoning for walking through his childhood be?

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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