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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. According to the newspaper article regarding the father killing his son, for how long is the man sentenced?
2. According to David, what happens to him when he is with Marsha?
3. What is the nickname the residents at David's apartment complex give him?
4. What specific word spoken by Patsy "struck a chord" in David?
5. What is the name of the teacher whom David visits when promoting his first book?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is David worried about Katie?
2. What do David and Stephen do together on Stephen's first two-week stay with David?
3. After all of the problems with David's paperwork in the military, what does Sergeant Blue offer David?
4. What happens at David's apartment when leaving Patsy to water the plants and feed his turtle?
5. What are a few of the reasons that Patsy is upset with David?
6. Why is David so adamant about saving money and not living beyond his means?
7. What causes David to open up about his past abuse when speaking to troubled kids?
8. How does Patsy lose David's trust completely?
9. Why is Patsy so excited about the arrival of their baby?
10. What does David remember about his childhood when talking to Mr. Ziegler at his old elementary school?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
David tells readers about a time in his childhood when he was ready to die. Why do you think he was finally ready to give up? What finally snapped in David? Given all of the abuse, why was he willing to let his mother finally win and kill him? Or would she really be winning?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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?
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