I Am David Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Anne Holm
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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. Why does David refuse to fight the boy who hits him?

2. Who is present when the family arrives to help?

3. Who helped David while he was in the camp?

4. What does David tell the woman in town that she must do with her child?

5. What does David see that will work for shelter for him?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain why David's eating of the orange forced him to consider going into town.

2. Explain what the man on the ship and the woman in the shop mean when they discuss David's eyes.

3. Explain what the man tells David to do to escape.

4. Why do the people in town eventually wish to catch David?

5. Explain why David knows so little of himself, including where he is from, and what he looks like.

6. Explain David's reaction to the baby.

7. Explain why David decides to stay with the family, when asked.

8. Explain the scene between David and the couple who are out of gas. Why are they suspicious, and how does David disarm them?

9. Explain why David is beat up, and why he refuses to fight back.

10. Explain how David comes to choose a God, and why.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Several times in the novel, David uses water to cleanse himself of various negative events. Choose one of the following examples, and discuss, in depth, how the cleansing David performs symbolizes the cleansing of his spirit and his inner self.

• David's scrubbing after escaping the camp

• David's washing following his beating by Carlo

• David's daily washing in the house of Giovanni

Essay Topic 2

There are several instances in the book where the author uses scenery and seasons as metaphors for times within David's own life. This is particularly true in Chapter Seven, as winter gives way to spring. Explain how Anne Holm uses these seasons as metaphors for David's own life.

Essay Topic 3

In the novel, the value of freedom and independent choice is a primary theme in the novel. Choose one of the following examples, and discuss it in detail. Explain not only the situation, but how the situation embodies the theme of freedom and value of independent thought.

• David's reaction to Angelo's dilemma of whom to marry

• David's decision to walk across the road on page 35.

• David's letter to Giovanni and his wife

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