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 was the first restaurant the author ever sat in?

2. What did the women of Brownsville expect to receive from the drugstore owner?

3. What word does the author use to describe many of the places in Pages 77-109?

4. When the author was a young man, who did he think about after he turned the light out at night?

5. Something frightening happened to the author when we went to get coal one winter day -- what was it?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. What did the second hand furniture shops remind the author of?

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

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

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

7. What is so significant about the author not being able to find his mother during the funeral service for Mrs. Solovey?

8. Mr. Solovey wasn't the most likable person in the neighborhood. What didn't people like about him?

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

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 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.

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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