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 nickname does the author give the second street?

2. What did the children buy from the small Italians?

3. The author didn't associate his school years with learning, what did he associate them with?

4. What did the Jewish vendors sell roasted potatoes, baked apples and knishes from?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why didn't the author believe his cousin and her friends were of his parent's generation?

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

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

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

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. How has the author's childhood neighborhood not changed?

9. What is prohibited on the Jewish Sabbath?

10. How does the author describe the second street he remembers and what is it's name?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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