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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. Where did the author stop his nightly runs around the block during summertime?
2. What other author did the author feel he could trust?
3. Who did the author call "The Chicken Lady?"
4. Why did the author play the violin for the barber?
5. What countries had the Solovey's lived in?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are the author's main means of escape in this section?
2. Where did the author's walks take him when he walked to the edge of Brownsville?
3. Why is the idea of "beyond' so important to the author?
4. When the author went to visit a friend in New York who lived in a brownstone, what did he discover?
5. What did the author write his final high school paper on?
6. 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?
7. The author read from his prayer book every morning. What were his feelings and experiences?
8. What led the author to fantasize about Mrs. Solovey every night before bed?
9. Who were the two colorful women the author remembers in great detail?
10. There were many things the author liked about David's home. What was the one thing that truly made the house stand out to him?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The author walks through his childhood neighborhood describing significant places and moments. What could his reasoning for walking through his childhood be?
Essay Topic 2
A continuing theme in the book is of light and darkness, both literal and metaphorical. Please give examples from the book how this is portrayed. What other ideas could be connected to the idea of light and dark?
Essay Topic 3
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.
This section contains 826 words
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