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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 kind of look did New York City have during the summer nights?
2. Where did the author first head when playing follow the leader?
3. What memory is most strong for the author as he walks down Chester Street?
4. What street was the author's house on?
5. How did Mrs. Solovey commit suicide?
Short Essay Questions
1. The author read from his prayer book every morning. What were his feelings and experiences?
2. What did the author do after the other boys had gone inside and why?
3. What was the reaction of the person who read the author's final high school paper?
4. Where did the author's walks take him when he walked to the edge of Brownsville?
5. On the day of his confirmation at thirteen, the author discovers something in his study of the Bible. What did he discover?
6. What are the author's main means of escape in this section?
7. The author liked to go to the courtyard to hear music, why was there always music in the courtyard?
8. 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?
9. When the author would play games with his friends, he would usually hide in the monument works. What was significant about the monument works?
10. Mr. Solovey wasn't the most likable person in the neighborhood. What didn't people like about him?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 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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