I Am David 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. What does David admit to the woman that he does not know how to do?

2. Where does David go when he arrives at the dock?

3. What has David never seen, in relation to himself?

4. What did Johannes tell David about greedy people?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe how David comes to own a mirror, and his reaction to his own reflection.

3. Why does David decide, as he runs during his escape, to stop running and instead to walk?

4. Explain why the man on the ship does not turn David in, and how he helps him to escape.

5. Why was it so important for David to clean himself so thoroughly?

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

7. Explain why David refused the man's money, and why the man hid money in David's bundle.

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

9. Describe how David saves Maria from the fire.

10. Why does David force himself not to think?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

In the novel, David comes to realize he can never be a normal boy. Analyze this statement in detail. What aspects of life cause David to state this? Is he correct? Why or why not? Do you think he can ever be a normal child? Why? What in his background could prevent him from achieving any sense of normalcy? Do you think finding his mother will help? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The title of the novel, "I Am David", has great meaning within the novel, as David uses the phrase several times. What does David means when he declares "I Am David"? How does this phrase relate to the progression of the novel? How does it relate to the growth of David's character?

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