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 do to rid himself of the bad feelings the boy causes?

2. Why are children more dangerous to David than adults?

3. Why does David ration his prayers to God?

4. What does David aim to become by washing himself of the camp?

5. What does David pick up, slightly damaged, after a woman drops it in the street?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain why David knows so many languages, and how this might be able to help him.

2. Describe David's response to his new surroundings, and why they are so powerful.

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

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

5. Describe how David saves Maria from the fire.

6. Explain David's reaction to the baby.

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

8. Why was crossing the road, a dangerous task, a type of turning point for David?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel there is reference to David's eyes. This is later linked in the novel to the eyes of Edith, his mother. Explain what people see when they look into David's eyes, in terms of why they find his eyes do unique. What in David's life has led him to show the expression in his eyes that he shows? Why does his mother have the same eyes? How does the author use this to link not only their genetics, but their experiences?

Essay Topic 2

There are many references in the novel to the power of "them", without actual description of who "they" really are. Choose three instances where the author gives information about "them", and explain the reference in detail. What is said about "them"? What does the reference indicate about who "they" might be? How does the author use these vague descriptions to impose a feeling of unfocused dread?

Essay Topic 3

At one point in the novel, David learns about his conscience, as he debates about whether to return to the woman in town to take care of her baby, or whether perhaps by doing so, he would endanger the child. Explain his dilemma, the reasons for his concerns, and his resulting decision. What lesson does David learn about doing what it right?

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