Call It Sleep Test | Mid-Book 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. In Book I, where does Albert complain that he is being treated badly?

2. What does David think the coal used to cleanse Isaiah's mouth might be?

3. In Book I, why is Albert fired from his job?

4. What industry does Albert work in at the beginning of the book?

5. "Goy" is a Jewish term for what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What Old Testament story does David take a particular interest in?

2. When David returns home from his and Leo's visit to Bertha's daughters, what is David afraid his parents will find out?

3. What happens when David tries to kick the milk dipper?

4. When the boys chase the canary to the roof, what do they discover?

5. After moving to the Lower East Side, why does David have to be quiet or stay outside during the day?

6. Why doesn't David run away when the men terrorize him and steal the milk?

7. Why does Luter want to find a wife that has money?

8. Who does David's mother fail to recognize?

9. Why does David begin to avoid Annie?

10. When David goes to Aunt Bertha's candy shop to see if Bertha has what he needs to go to Leo's neighborhood, what does Bertha ask David to do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Freedom or independence is one of the themes present in the book. Who in the book has freedom or independence? How does David feel about being independent? Who does not have independence? Why?

Essay Topic 2

What reasons for marriage are presented in Call It Sleep? What impression of marriage does this give? Are those reasons for marriage still valid today? In other words, do people still marry for some of those same reasons? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

What does the picture Genya purchases mean to her? What does it remind her of? Why does it make her happy? Does the title of this section of the book, "The Picture," refer only to the picture Genya purchases? Why or why not?

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