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. What city is David trying to reach, to get on a boat?

2. What does the family insist David do?

3. What does David do once he is in the stream?

4. What did Johannes tell David about greedy people?

5. What does David see at the end of Chapter One that makes him cry?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how David saves Maria from the fire.

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

3. Why does David force himself not to think?

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

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

6. Explain why David thinks Angelo is stupid.

7. Explain why David doesn't believe he would be good at playing.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, David makes the attempt to "win" over those around him, including the guards, and those who are cruel to him. Locate at least two of these circumstances. What is the situation? Why does David feel the need to "win" against these individuals? What does this say about David, as a person? Do you think David's actions make him petty, or righteous? Why?

Essay Topic 2

There is heavy use of symbolism by Anne Holm within the novel. Discuss the use of and meaning of a king, "the man", and the compass in the novel.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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