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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where does the narrator's family move in 1941?
(a) Brooklyn.
(b) Jersey City.
(c) Newark.
(d) Manhattan.

2. Who is the narrator sitting next to on the bus in Chapter 4?
(a) A shikse.
(b) An Italian immigrant.
(c) A Polish police officer.
(d) An old lady.

3. What do the neighborhood women play with the narrator's mother?
(a) Poker.
(b) Bingo.
(c) Trivial Pursuit.
(d) Mah-jongg.

4. Who does the narrator describe as "The Most Unforgettable Character I've Met?"
(a) His mother.
(b) His wife.
(c) His father.
(d) His first-grade teacher.

5. Who is the shikse who comes to dinner with the narrator's father?
(a) Anne McCaffery.
(b) Elizabeth Joyner.
(c) Mary McCaffery.
(d) Mary Ann Wilkes.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where did the narrator eat a seafood dinner with his sister and her fiance in Chapter 4?

2. What does the narrator eat which makes his mother weep in Chapter 2?

3. Where is it "okay" for the narrator's family to eat pork?

4. What is the term the narrator uses to mean "spank?"

5. What is the narrator's mother's name?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does the main character think all of his teachers are in disguise? Why?

2. What does the narrator's father urge him to take lessons in? Why?

3. What body-related incidents does the narrator recall in Chapter 3?

4. What is the one meaningful conversation the narrator speaks of having with his sister in Chapter 3?

5. What does the narrator suspect about the shikse who came to his family's house? Why?

6. What became of the narrator's cousin? Why?

7. Who does the narrator's father hold up as someone to emulate? Why?

8. Where does the narrator's father work? What line of business is he in? Where is his "route?"

9. What resentments does the narrator recall following the family's move from Jersey City?

10. How did the narrator's father feel about his job? How did he express his feelings to his family?

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