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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 does Dave's father tell him when Dave goes to him for help after being stabbed?
2. What position does Dave's mother force him to do while the rest of the family eats?
3. Why does the school nurse begin to be interested in Dave's condition in Chapter 6, While Father is Away?
4. How does Dave refer to Mother's house after his father leaves?
5. What is Dave's punishment if he looks at one of his brothers?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the incident where Dave is stabbed by his mother.
2. In Chapter 6, While Father is Away, what does Dave's father vow he will do for Dave someday?
3. Explain why Mother suddenly allows Dave to watch television and gives him new clothes to wear in Chapter 6, While Father is Away.
4. How does the school nurse become interested in Dave's condition in Chapter 6, While Father is Away?
5. Describe the one time Dave had his prayers answered.
6. Explain what Dave's mother does after he is stabbed.
7. Explain what Dave eats after he finished the dishes one day in Chapter 7, The Lord's Prayer.
8. Describe the people Dave encounters after he is rescued.
9. Describe Dave's behavior in the classroom one a day during the winter of 1973.
10. Describe why Dave is so fascinated with a piece of driftwood that is washing ashore in the Epilogue.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Evaluate the relationship between Dave and his mother.
- How does Dave's father affect Dave's relationship with his mother?
- How does Dave feel about his mother at the end of the book?
- Give examples from the story of how they interact with one another.
Essay Topic 2
Explain how the school officials finally discover Dave's abuse.
- How do they collect the evidence they need to have Dave removed from his home?
- Who is the first person to report the suspected abuse of Dave?
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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