A Man Named Dave: A Story of Triumph and Forgiveness Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to David, what happens to him when he is with Marsha?

2. How many years were David and Patsy married before they separated?

3. During their first face-to-face meeting, why does Marsha tell David that she came to see him?

4. What sport does David's son enjoy playing?

5. What ends David's "euphoric honeymoon?"

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss why David struggles with forgiving his mother. What does it finally take for David to forgive his mother? Why is it that David struggles with forgiving her?

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

David searches for answers to his abuse throughout the novel. Discuss David's findings while addressing the following:

-Who tells David about his past?

-What person does David find out the most from?

-What conclusions does David come to about his past from the information he gets?

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