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

2. What nickname did the author's father give him?

3. What feelings does the author experience when he gets off the train?

4. How did the author feel about being confirmed?

5. How did the author describe the Episcopalian church in the neighborhood?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did the author do after the other boys had gone inside and why?

2. When the author went to visit a friend in New York who lived in a brownstone, what did he discover?

3. The author gave Mrs. Solovey an alternative name -- what was the name and why did he give it to her?

4. What time of day was the loneliest for the author's mother and why? What brought her out of her loneliness?

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

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

7. The author's mother was a dressmaker. What was her process of creation?

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

9. What is so significant about the author not being able to find his mother during the funeral service for Mrs. Solovey?

10. Who were the two colorful women the author remembers in great detail?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The last section gives details of relationships the author has with two individuals. What about the "he" is important to the author? What about the "she" he speaks of is significant? How do they solidify his yearnings and his opportunities for "beyond"? What do their involvement in his life make "bearable"?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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