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

2. When was the author's "great moment" of the Sabbath?

3. In what battle did the brother of the author's cousin go missing?

4. Where does the author step off the train when he first enters Brownsville?

5. When the author discovers a new development in a familiar part of town, he had a particular feeling toward seeing the development. What was the feeling he had?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe what happened at the drugstore after the author's childhood therapy session.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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