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 did the boy do to win over the neighbor girl's mother?

2. What was the first restaurant the author ever sat in?

3. Who was the neighbor girl dating that her mother was ashamed of?

4. What time frame did the author always imagine himself walking through New York in?

5. Why did the author keep going back to the barber shop?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. When the author went to visit a friend in New York who lived in a brownstone, what did he discover?

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

5. The author gave Mrs. Solovey an alternative name -- what was the name and why did he give it to her?

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 led the author to fantasize about Mrs. Solovey every night before bed?

8. Why is the idea of "beyond' so important to the author?

9. Mrs. Solovey commits suicide late in this section and it shocks the neighborhood. Describe what emotions the neighborhood go through towards the Soloveys.

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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

How do his relationships with the last few people, including his parents, help the author to reach his ultimate goal? What is the author's goal? How does the accomplishment of the goal suggest that the ending of this book isn't an ending but a beginning?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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