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 were the author's friends?

2. Why did the author run?

3. What did the author experience when reading the words of the little blue book?

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

5. What time frame did the author always imagine himself walking through New York in?

Short Essay Questions

1. When the author went to visit a friend in New York who lived in a brownstone, what did he discover?

2. The Soloveys were a couple no one could figure out. What about their marriage, specifically, was so mysterious?

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

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

5. On the day of his confirmation at thirteen, the author discovers something in his study of the Bible. What did he discover?

6. During the summer nights in Brownsville, many groups met to have meetings on the streets. What were some of those groups and what were their causes?

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

8. What are the details the author remembers most about the drugstore?

9. What was the reaction of the person who read the author's final high school paper?

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

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

What importance did the Soloveys hold for the author? They had a past and a relationship that was unique, what about those ideas was unique to them? What about Mrs. Solovey was so enticing for the author? What was his made-up name for her and what character from a book did he associate her with? What about Mr. Solovey was important to the author? What connection did they have?

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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