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

2. What item of his father's does David take from the coat in the closet?

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

4. According to the phone call, how long does David's father have left to live?

5. Who bought David a bike for Christmas in 1972?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Patsy do for David during their separation that surprises him?

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

4. What causes David to open up about his past abuse when speaking to troubled kids?

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

6. Who has come to visit David's father in the hospital?

7. How does Patsy lose David's trust completely?

8. In Chapter 1 entitled "The End," what happens when David finally lashes out verbally against his mother?

9. What are David's thoughts as he is performing his first re-fuel on the Blackbird?

10. What are the three questions that David asks Marsha when proposing to her?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Why is it important for David to write books about his past? Did this help him heal in anyway? How do you know?

Essay Topic 2

David struggled throughout his career in the Air Force. Describe David's many trials and tribulations throughout his career. Why does David refuse to give up, knowing that he is not on the path that he enlisted for? How does David's past help him in the Air Force?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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