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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 time of day is the mind's "grazing time?"
2. What was marriage to the author's parents?
3. What is seltzer to the poor Jews?
4. Who inspired the teaching style and curriculum of the author's civics teacher?
5. What did the author do every time he walked into the civics teachers classroom?
Short Essay Questions
1. When the author went to visit a friend in New York who lived in a brownstone, what did he discover?
2. Where did the author's walks take him when he walked to the edge of Brownsville?
3. 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?
4. Describe the feelings the author first has when he enters his childhood neighborhood.
5. Who does the demolished part of the author's childhood neighborhood remind the author of and why was she so important to him?
6. What is so significant about the author not being able to find his mother during the funeral service for Mrs. Solovey?
7. There were many things the author liked about David's home. What was the one thing that truly made the house stand out to him?
8. There was one topic of discussion on the Sabbath nights that always made the author happy. What was that topic and why?
9. What was the author most embarrassed about during his school years? What made those years worse?
10. 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?
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
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
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?
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