A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Dave Pelzer
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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. How does Dave's mother look on a typical day?

2. When Dave gets home from school one day in Chapter 3, Bad Boy, what does his mother tell him?

3. What does Dave say when people at school ask him the cause of his bruises?

4. How does Dave feel about school in Chapter 3, Bad Boy?

5. What does Dave's teacher, Miss Moss, start questioning him about?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Dave's plan to prevent his mother from making him lie across the gas stove in Chapter 3, Bad Boy.

2. Describe the people Dave encounters after he is rescued.

3. What does the police officer tell Dave as they drive toward the outskirt of Dale City in Chapter 1, The Rescue?

4. What are Dave's thoughts when his father leaves for good?

5. Describe the breakfasts Dave usually receives from his mother.

6. Describe what Dave's family does on spring days in Chapter 2, Good Times.

7. By Chapter 4, The Fight for Food, what is his position in the family?

8. Describe the condition of Dave's mother on a typical day in Chapter 1, The Rescue.

9. Describe Mother's reaction when the principal calls her about Dave's condition in Chapter 4, The Fight for Food.

10. Describe the clothes Dave wears to school every day in Chapter 1, The Rescue.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the book, Dave's mother tortures him.

- Describe three of the punishments she inflicts upon Dave.

- Describe how he survives the punishments.

- Analyze his emotional state after the punishments are over.

Essay Topic 2

Describe Dave's relationship with his father.

- How does the relationship change throughout the book? Give examples from the book.

- How does Dave depend upon his father and does his father live up to the trust Dave puts in him? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the treatment Dave receives from his classmates at school. Cite examples from the book.

- Describe the events surrounding the cruel suggestion from some of his classmates that he should commit suicide

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