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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 did the author ride from the east side?
2. What word does the author use to describe many of the places in Pages 77-109?
3. Who was the neighbor girl dating that her mother was ashamed of?
4. How did the author try to show his parents he loved them?
5. What could you see someone doing into the late hours of dusk in Brownsville?
Short Essay Questions
1. What did the author spend much of his time doing when he wasn't reading or in school?
2. Mrs. Solovey commits suicide late in this section and it shocks the neighborhood. Describe what emotions the neighborhood go through towards the Soloveys.
3. How does the author describe summer in Brownsville?
4. The author and his mother take a day trip to a local attraction. Where did they go and what did they experience?
5. When Mrs. Solovey makes a visit to the author's home, she engages the author in conversation but soon becomes frustrated. Why does she become frustrated?
6. 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?
7. What was the reaction of the person who read the author's final high school paper?
8. The author was given a book and the giver was surprised. Why was she surprised?
9. What led the author to fantasize about Mrs. Solovey every night before bed?
10. Mr. Solovey wasn't the most likable person in the neighborhood. What didn't people like about him?
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
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?
Essay Topic 3
The author felt the most joy in a place where he felt the most uncomfortable. Explore the idea of the author's constant struggle with feeling like an outsider or an alien.
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