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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 Mrs. E do when she abandoned her housework for a half hour every morning?

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

3. What instrument did the author play as a child?

4. Who did the author's father meet?

5. Where did the author think he lived as a child?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What was the author most embarrassed about during his school years? What made those years worse?

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

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

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

7. What is prohibited on the Jewish Sabbath?

8. How has the author's childhood neighborhood not changed?

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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

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