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. Who's name was on the sign the boys pasted to the outside wall of a house on Chester Street?

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

3. Whose house did the author associate with being the furthest from home?

4. What language was commonly used in the author's neighborhood?

5. What book did Mrs. Solovey take the author back to?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did the author do after the other boys had gone inside and why?

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

3. Mrs. Solovey commits suicide late in this section and it shocks the neighborhood. Describe what emotions the neighborhood go through towards the Soloveys.

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

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

6. What was it about the Solovey's that had the entire neighborhood intrigued?

7. What did the second hand furniture shops remind the author of?

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

9. The author met two boys who were part of the Socialist group, David and Isrolik. What was it about these boys that the author enjoyed?

10. What is so significant about the author not being able to find his mother during the funeral service for Mrs. Solovey?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

During the Jewish Sabbath worship, the author's family did something that was unorthodox. What was that practice and what was it's impact on the family? Explain the emotions and expressions the author's family had.

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