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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. Who called David at his foster parent's home while taking a break from staying with his father in the hospital?

2. What does David think his father's admittance into the hospital will do for his family?

3. What does David's grandmother compare talking about the past to?

4. What decision does David make during the summer of 1978?

5. Who goes to the hospital with David to see his father for the first time?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the hug between David and his grandmother during their first meeting in years.

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

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

4. Why is David so upset about his father being in the hospital?

5. Why is David shocked by the one and only letter his father sends him?

6. David's mother stopped calling David by his name while he was a child. Describe the regression of David's "name."

7. David's grandmother denies abusing his mother. What did his grandmother do to her daughter as a child?

8. Why is David afraid of the nurse reporting the abuse to the authorities?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss David's feelings about himself. Do you think that these feelings are warranted? How does David cope with his feelings? What makes it possible for David to live with himself given how he feels? When do David's feelings about himself change?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Patsy and Marsha. How are these two women similar? How are they different? Are their differences the reason one relationship survives and one fails? How to they both treat David?

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