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 did the big Italians sell and during what time?

2. What did the three dressmakers and the author's mother speak of that made the author upset?

3. What was the author's favorite delight in all seasons?

4. What is the era in which the author's childhood took place?

5. What is seltzer to the poor Jews?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the feelings the author first has when he enters his childhood neighborhood.

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author walks through his childhood neighborhood describing significant places and moments. What could his reasoning for walking through his childhood be?

Essay Topic 2

In the second section, the author is given a nickname by his father. This nickname deeply affects the author. With specific examples from the text, please describe how it touched the author and how his view of his father changed at that point.

Essay Topic 3

In the narrative, the author continually describes his struggle with feeling like an outsider. The author also talks about how he tried to escape being an outsider.

Part 1) Have you ever felt like an outsider?

Part 2) What ways have you discovered help you not feel like an outsider?

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