A Man Named Dave: A Story of Triumph and Forgiveness 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. What does David think his father's admittance into the hospital will do for his family?

2. What happened to the home of David's mother while he was in Egypt?

3. While at his grandmother's, what CAN'T David do?

4. What memory does David have upon walking into his grandmother's home?

5. According to David's mother, who is the man of the house?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is David surprised upon entering his mother's home after seven years?

2. While looking around his mother's bedroom, what is he surprised to find after seven years?

3. Describe David's relationship with his son Stephen.

4. How did David deal with his Mother's abuse as a child?

5. What is the only way that David knows how to deal with his father's death?

6. Why is David worried about Katie?

7. What are a few of the reasons that Patsy is upset with David?

8. How does David describe Stephen's feelings about his separation from Patsy?

9. How does David impress the Air Force sergeant assigned to his enlistment paperwork?

10. Why does David choose to stay at the dorms rather than go out with the other soldiers?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

David's mother always refuses to admit that she abused him as a child. Discuss David's mother's reasoning behind her "discipline." Be sure to address the following questions as part of the essay:

-Why does his mother continue to deny the abuse?

-Why does she admit to stabbing him but only to say it was an accident?

-Does she justify her "discipline?"

-Is there anything from her past that would make her think that she really did not abuse David and that her "discipline" was normal?

Essay Topic 2

When talking to David about his past abuse, Patsy did not believe him. Discuss why you think Patsy did not believe that David was abused. What about David's personality makes it hard for her to believe that he was abused? Does David possess any signs of being an abused child? If so, why does Patsy fail to recognize these signs?

Essay Topic 3

David dreams of the Russian River many times throughout the novel. Explain the importance of the Russian River to David. Why is the this place so important to him? Is it his memories or his planning for the future that fuel his love for the river?

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