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 could you see someone doing into the late hours of dusk in Brownsville?

2. What countries had the Solovey's lived in?

3. Who was the author's favorite of his Socialist party friends?

4. What made Mrs. Solovey leave the author's house?

5. When the author played handball, was it for fun?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What did the author spend much of his time doing when he wasn't reading or in school?

5. 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?

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

7. When the author would play games with his friends, he would usually hide in the monument works. What was significant about the monument works?

8. What did the author write his final high school paper on?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author's mother is the glue that holds their family together. What qualities does she possess that give her this position in the family and how does it effect the author?

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 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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