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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. Where did the author stop his nightly runs around the block during summertime?
3. What was the author's first idea of summer?
4. Who was the author's favorite of his Socialist party friends?
5. What let the author know how he felt after he read his prayer book?
Short Essay Questions
1. What led the author to fantasize about Mrs. Solovey every night before bed?
2. What is so significant about the author not being able to find his mother during the funeral service for Mrs. Solovey?
3. On the day of his confirmation at thirteen, the author discovers something in his study of the Bible. What did he discover?
4. The author was given a book and the giver was surprised. Why was she surprised?
5. The author and his mother take a day trip to a local attraction. Where did they go and what did they experience?
6. When the author would play games with his friends, he would usually hide in the monument works. What was significant about the monument works?
7. What did the second hand furniture shops remind the author of?
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. 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?
10. Who were the two colorful women the author remembers in great detail?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The last section gives details of relationships the author has with two individuals. What about the "he" is important to the author? What about the "she" he speaks of is significant? How do they solidify his yearnings and his opportunities for "beyond"? What do their involvement in his life make "bearable"?
Essay Topic 2
In the second section, the author is given a nickname by his father. This nickname deeply affects the author. With specific examples from the text, please describe how it touched the author and how his view of his father changed at that point.
Essay Topic 3
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?
This section contains 1,068 words
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