Short Essay Questions Key
1. David's mother stopped calling David by his name while he was a child. Describe the regression of David's "name."
For his mother, David's name goes through a series of demeaning changes. David deteriorates from possessing the name "David" to merely existing as the gender called "Boy." After "Boy," David's mother increases the insult by calling him "It."
2. In Chapter 1 entitled "The End," what happens when David finally lashes out verbally against his mother?
When David finally lashes out verbally against his mother , she is shocked. David's mother becomes paralyzed with surprise, and her face turns white. Eventually, she regains control of David and puts him back into his place.
3. Why does David not understand the reason for his mother's abuse?
David does not understand why his mother abuses him because he does not see what he does wrong. David believes that he never did anything to justify the hate she for him, and therefore, the abuse does not make sense to him.
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