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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 feelings does the author experience when he gets off the train?

2. What belief about Jews did the author grow up with?

3. What is the name of the second road the author mentions?

4. What political way of thinking did the author's parents practice?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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 are the author's favorite memories from the first street in pages 'From the Subway to the Synagogue',?

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

8. How does the author feel about his childhood school?

9. Why does the author specifically remember the second street in 'From the Subway to the Synagogue'?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How much of the author's unhappiness was self-inflicted? How could he have done or interpreted things differently in his life in such a way that he would have been less resentful and more content? Cite specific examples.

Essay Topic 2

In the group that he joins, the author meets two young men who make a significant impact on him. Who were the members and what details about these members and their surroundings drew the author in? What aspects of these characters distanced him?

Essay Topic 3

During the Jewish Sabbath worship, the author's family did something that was unorthodox. What was that practice and what was it's impact on the family? Explain the emotions and expressions the author's family had.

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