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. What is seltzer to the poor Jews?

2. What time of day is the mind's "grazing time?"

3. What did the team receive if they won the competition between the "Army Navy" tests the civics teacher gave?

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

5. Where does the author believe only truly free people are from?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who does the author feel is his advocate in religion? How does the author feel about God?

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

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

When the author talks about his longing for "beyond," what does he mean and how does he feel he can accomplish this goal? Please make sure to include examples from the text in addition to your own ideas.

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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