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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. The author preferred the movie house over the synagogue, why did he favor the movie house?

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

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

4. Where was city land all around Brownsville? What were those pieces of land used for?

5. How did the author secretly think of the synagogue?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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?

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

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

8. What is prohibited on the Jewish Sabbath?

9. What kind of geographies does the author describe in the last part of 'From the Subway to the Synagogue'? What do describing these geographies lead to?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

How do his relationships with the last few people, including his parents, help the author to reach his ultimate goal? What is the author's goal? How does the accomplishment of the goal suggest that the ending of this book isn't an ending but a beginning?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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