A Walker in the City Test | Final 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. Was the author good at handball?

2. Who was the neighbor girl dating that her mother was ashamed of?

3. What language does the author share with Mrs. Solovey?

4. What was the Rabbi reluctant to do at Mrs. Solovey's funeral?

5. What did the author think about museums and parks?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where did the author's walks take him when he walked to the edge of Brownsville?

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

3. The author gave Mrs. Solovey an alternative name -- what was the name and why did he give it to her?

4. What did the author write his final high school paper on?

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

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

7. How does the author describe summer in Brownsville?

8. 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?

9. The author liked to go to the courtyard to hear music, why was there always music in the courtyard?

10. The author and his mother take a day trip to a local attraction. Where did they go and what did they experience?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How much of the author's unhappiness was self-inflicted? How could he have done or interpreted things differently in his life in such a way that he would have been less resentful and more content? Cite specific examples.

Essay Topic 2

In specific detail from the book, list important objects from the author's childhood kitchen and their role in his daily life and the energy of the home.

Essay Topic 3

During the Jewish Sabbath the author's mother and the three dressmakers talk of their home and the traditions. What key elements of home do the women discuss and how did those elements differ from the modern society? When the three dressmakers talk of their "freedom" from the traditions of the neighborhood, what are they talking about? What emotion are they searching for and why do the author's parents feel this is an unattainable goal?

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