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 description does the author give Belmont Avenue?

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

3. What did the author always have in his hands when he was waiting fort the girl by the junkyard?

4. What feelings does the author experience when he gets off the train?

5. Who did the author feel could intercede with God for him?

Short Essay Questions

1. The author liked to go to his cousin's room right before supper. What did he like to do while he was in there?

2. 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?

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

4. How does the author describe the second street he remembers and what is it's name?

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

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

7. Why does the author specifically remember the second street in 'From the Subway to the Synagogue'?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The author walks through his childhood neighborhood describing significant places and moments. What could his reasoning for walking through his childhood be?

Essay Topic 3

The author's mother is the glue that holds their family together. What qualities does she possess that give her this position in the family and how does it effect the author?

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