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. Where did the author run away from his father?

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

3. What would the author skip pages of his favorite book to read?

4. Where does the author step off the train when he first enters Brownsville?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. The author's mother was a dressmaker. What was her process of creation?

2. What is the nickname the author's father gave him? What is the meaning of the nickname and did the author like his nickname?

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

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

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

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

7. What was the best part of the author's school experience and why?

8. Which of the buildings in Brownsville that has been demolished holds the most fond memories for the author and why?

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

10. Who does the author feel is his advocate in religion? How does the author feel about God?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author speaks of his connection and disconnect with his faith. In what ways does he feel he had a lack of knowledge of faith and God? Does he feel compelled to continue his observance of the faith? What drives this?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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