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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 was the name the author made up for Mrs. Solovey?
2. How did Mrs. Solovey commit suicide?
3. What part of the neighborhood tests the author?
4. Who was the neighbor girl dating that her mother was ashamed of?
5. What political party was said to be lighthearted?
Short Essay Questions
1. Mrs. Solovey commits suicide late in this section and it shocks the neighborhood. Describe what emotions the neighborhood go through towards the Soloveys.
2. What was the reaction of the person who read the author's final high school paper?
3. What did the author do after the other boys had gone inside and why?
4. How did the author feel during the summer of his first job?
5. When the author would play games with his friends, he would usually hide in the monument works. What was significant about the monument works?
6. How does the author describe summer in Brownsville?
7. The Soloveys were a couple no one could figure out. What about their marriage, specifically, was so mysterious?
8. What did the second hand furniture shops remind the author of?
9. The author read from his prayer book every morning. What were his feelings and experiences?
10. 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?
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
In the group that he joins, the author meets two young men who make a significant impact on him. Who were the members and what details about these members and their surroundings drew the author in? What aspects of these characters distanced him?
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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