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

2. During David's nightmares, how does he see his mother?

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

4. On the day that David runs late for the hospital, what lie does David tell his father?

5. What does David's grandmother say she never did to his mother?

Short Essay Questions

1. What advice does David's father have for him as he gets ready to leave for the Air Force?

2. Patsy gives David a lot of trouble about not going out with her in Chapter 6 entitled "Regroup." How does David justify to Patsy not going out and doing anything fun?

3. Why does David initially refuse to admit that his father was going to die?

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

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

6. Why is David's grandmother so upset with his mother (her daughter) after his father's death?

7. Why does David not understand the reason for his mother's abuse?

8. Why is David's grandmother upset with his brother Russell?

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

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

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

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 3

Discuss David's need to work with abused children. What do you think this does for David? How does David grow because of his work with abused children? What is the turning point for David that makes him realize that this is the best thing for him to do? When does David realize that he may be making a difference?

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