A Walker in the City Test | 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. During his childhood subway train rides to "the city," what told the author that he was on his last leg home?

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

3. In front of what building did the author's father meet every Saturday morning?

4. The author stopped at the neighborhood drugstore to have lunch one day. While eating his sandwich, some of it fell into a pile of dust. How did this make the author feel?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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. Which of the buildings in Brownsville that has been demolished holds the most fond memories for the author and why?

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

5. What is the third street the author mentions in "From the Subway to the Synagogue" and what is it's significance?

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

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

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

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

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

Shame is a recurring theme in the book. Using examples from the book, describe the 2 main causes for the author's shame.

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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