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 did David's grandmother hear David yelling into a mirror when he was a child?

2. After riding his motorcycle to his grandmother's, where does David end up sleeping on the night he arrives?

3. Which one of David's brothers does he take out while in town visiting his grandmother?

4. Who calls Alice to tell her about the admittance of David's father into the hospital?

5. Why is there no casket at the funeral of David's father?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does David remember about his childhood when talking to Mr. Ziegler at his old elementary school?

2. After all of the problems with David's paperwork in the military, what does Sergeant Blue offer David?

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

4. What happens a few weeks before Stephen's first birthday?

5. Why does David find out that his superior officers have been so hard on him?

6. Why does David's mother refuse to go see her husband in the hospital?

7. Why is David worried about Katie?

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

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

10. Why is Patsy so excited about the arrival of their baby?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Describe the importance of David's son Stephen. Why is Stephen so important to David? Why is David willing to sacrifice everything for his son? Is this David's way of showing the world that he is not a "bad person?" How does Stephen save David?

Essay Topic 2

Describe David's relationship with Patsy. Why does David begin the relationship with Patsy? How does their relationship progress? Is the relationship good for David? For Patsy? Do you believe that the relationship was doomed from the beginning? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the similarities between Patsy and David's mother. Do you think these similarities have anything to do with their relationship failing? Do you think that David was trying to make up for the bad relationship he had with his mother in dating/marrying Patsy? Do you think that David was trying to save Patsy from herself because he could not save his mother?

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