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 three dressmakers and the author's mother speak of that made the author upset?

2. Where did the author run away from his father?

3. What association did the New York World hold for the author?

4. What did the big Italians sell and during what time?

5. What emotion does the author speak of in great length in Section 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what happened at the drugstore after the author's childhood therapy session.

2. Who does the demolished part of the author's childhood neighborhood remind the author of and why was she so important to him?

3. What did the second hand furniture shops remind the author of?

4. 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?

5. During the day the author's home was different than others. How was it different?

6. How does the author describe his childhood perception of the distance between Brownsville and New York?

7. When the author would play games with his friends, he would usually hide in the monument works. What was significant about the monument works?

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

9. The author liked to go to the courtyard to hear music, why was there always music in the courtyard?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In what ways did the author choose to escape his daily life? Why did the author feel he needed to escape and why is he "walking" through a time when he felt the need to escape? What is he trying to escape from that he wrote the memoir/

Essay Topic 2

Shame is a recurring theme in the book. Using examples from the book, describe the 2 main causes for the author's shame.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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