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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. Who did the author say it was good to be back among?
2. What nickname did the author's father give him?
3. What feelings does the author experience when he gets off the train?
4. How did the author feel about being confirmed?
5. How did the author describe the Episcopalian church in the neighborhood?
Short Essay Questions
1. What did the author do after the other boys had gone inside and why?
2. When the author went to visit a friend in New York who lived in a brownstone, what did he discover?
3. The author gave Mrs. Solovey an alternative name -- what was the name and why did he give it to her?
4. What time of day was the loneliest for the author's mother and why? What brought her out of her loneliness?
5. What was the author most embarrassed about during his school years? What made those years worse?
6. What is the nickname the author's father gave him? What is the meaning of the nickname and did the author like his nickname?
7. The author's mother was a dressmaker. What was her process of creation?
8. What are some of the memories the author has about his place of worship?
9. What is so significant about the author not being able to find his mother during the funeral service for Mrs. Solovey?
10. Who were the two colorful women the author remembers in great detail?
Essay Topic 1
During the Jewish Sabbath the author's mother and the three dressmakers talk of their home and the traditions. What key elements of home do the women discuss and how did those elements differ from the modern society? When the three dressmakers talk of their "freedom" from the traditions of the neighborhood, what are they talking about? What emotion are they searching for and why do the author's parents feel this is an unattainable goal?
Essay Topic 2
When the author talks about his longing for "beyond," what does he mean and how does he feel he can accomplish this goal? Please make sure to include examples from the text in addition to your own ideas.
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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