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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 older neighbor boys do when they came home from work?

2. What did the author's mother do out of loneliness every evening?

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

4. What did the children buy from the Syrian vendors?

5. What description does the author give Belmont Avenue?

Short Essay Questions

1. The author read from his prayer book every morning. What were his feelings and experiences?

2. The author was given a book and the giver was surprised. Why was she surprised?

3. What led the author to fantasize about Mrs. Solovey every night before bed?

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

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

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

7. There were many things the author liked about David's home. What was the one thing that truly made the house stand out to him?

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

9. The Soloveys were a couple no one could figure out. What about their marriage, specifically, was so mysterious?

10. How did the author feel during the summer of his first job?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

During the summer of his 16th year, the author joins a group with Socialist ties. What does the author feel his connection to the Socialist group is? His parents were of the Socialist influence, was that his draw to the party or did he truly believe the party would make what was wrong in his world right?

Essay Topic 2

Who does the author discover in the last section that makes the most impact on him? How does the author's discovery of this person lead him to even stronger feelings of "beyond' being attainable?

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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