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 were the author's lasting feelings about his school years?

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

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

4. What still lines Belmont Avenue that was there during the author's childhood?

5. What was marriage to the author's parents?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did the author have such a hard time when his mother, cousin and her friends started talking about "Heym?"

3. How does the author describe the Episcopalian church in his childhood neighborhood?

4. Why didn't the author believe his cousin and her friends were of his parent's generation?

5. What is prohibited on the Jewish Sabbath?

6. What are the author's favorite memories from the first street in pages 'From the Subway to the Synagogue',?

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

8. In the middle of the first section, 'From the Subway to the Synagogue', what is the first street the author mentions and how does he describe it?

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

10. What is the third street the author mentions in "From the Subway to the Synagogue" and what is it's significance?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the group that he joins, the author meets two young men who make a significant impact on him. Who were the members and what details about these members and their surroundings drew the author in? What aspects of these characters distanced him?

Essay Topic 2

A continuing theme in the book is of light and darkness, both literal and metaphorical. Please give examples from the book how this is portrayed. What other ideas could be connected to the idea of light and dark?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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