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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 political way of thinking did the author's parents practice?
2. What did the author spend his school days staring at in fear and anxiety?
3. How did the Jews greet the Sabbath?
4. Where did the author run away from his father?
5. What emotion does the author speak of in great length in Section 3?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. The author's mother was a dressmaker. What was her process of creation?
3. 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?
4. During the day the author's home was different than others. How was it different?
5. What is the nickname the author's father gave him? What is the meaning of the nickname and did the author like his nickname?
6. How does the author describe the Episcopalian church in his childhood neighborhood?
7. What is the third street the author mentions in "From the Subway to the Synagogue" and what is it's significance?
8. What is prohibited on the Jewish Sabbath?
9. There was one topic of discussion on the Sabbath nights that always made the author happy. What was that topic and why?
10. How did the author feel about his religion teachers and why?
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
What importance did the Soloveys hold for the author? They had a past and a relationship that was unique, what about those ideas was unique to them? What about Mrs. Solovey was so enticing for the author? What was his made-up name for her and what character from a book did he associate her with? What about Mr. Solovey was important to the author? What connection did they have?
Essay Topic 3
Shame is a recurring theme in the book. Using examples from the book, describe the 2 main causes for the author's shame.
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