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

2. Why did the author play the violin for the barber?

3. Something frightening happened to the author when we went to get coal one winter day -- what was it?

4. What was the keyword when referred to Mendy?

5. What kind of coat did Mr. Solovey wear?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is the idea of "beyond' so important to the author?

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

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

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

6. Who were the two colorful women the author remembers in great detail?

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

8. Mr. Solovey wasn't the most likable person in the neighborhood. What didn't people like about him?

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

10. 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?

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

Who does the author discover in the last section that makes the most impact on him? How does the author's discovery of this person lead him to even stronger feelings of "beyond' being attainable?

Essay Topic 3

Shame is a recurring theme in the book. Using examples from the book, describe the 2 main causes for the author's shame.

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