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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. In front of what building did the author's father meet every Saturday morning?
2. What did the author's family regularly do after their Friday night discussions?
3. Who is it the author always sees first when he enters Brownsville?
4. What instrument did the author play as a child?
5. What political way of thinking did the author's parents practice?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the author describe the Episcopalian church in his childhood neighborhood?
2. 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?
3. What time of day was the loneliest for the author's mother and why? What brought her out of her loneliness?
4. Who does the author feel is his advocate in religion? How does the author feel about God?
5. What was the author most embarrassed about during his school years? What made those years worse?
6. Describe the feelings the author first has when he enters his childhood neighborhood.
7. Which of the buildings in Brownsville that has been demolished holds the most fond memories for the author and why?
8. Who does the demolished part of the author's childhood neighborhood remind the author of and why was she so important to him?
9. What are some of the memories the author has about his place of worship?
10. In what ways did the kitchen hold the author's mother's character?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The author's mother is the glue that holds their family together. What qualities does she possess that give her this position in the family and how does it effect the author?
Essay Topic 2
In specific detail from the book, list important objects from the author's childhood kitchen and their role in his daily life and the energy of the home.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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