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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. How did the author feel about being confirmed?

2. 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?

3. What did the author spend his school days staring at in fear and anxiety?

4. What association did the New York World hold for the author?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. In what ways did the kitchen hold the author's mother's character?

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

5. There was one topic of discussion on the Sabbath nights that always made the author happy. What was that topic and why?

6. 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?

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

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

9. How did the author feel about his religion teachers and why?

10. Why did the author have such a hard time when his mother, cousin and her friends started talking about "Heym?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In what ways did the author choose to escape his daily life? Why did the author feel he needed to escape and why is he "walking" through a time when he felt the need to escape? What is he trying to escape from that he wrote the memoir/

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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