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 does the man say David will find by the tree?

2. What animal startles David one evening as is lying down?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how David saves Maria from the fire.

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

3. Describe how David is able to keep going long after he has stopped caring.

4. Why does David force himself not to think?

5. Explain David's reaction to the baby.

6. Describe the scene with the man who loses his glasses. What does David do, what is the couple's response, and why is it disturbing for David?

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

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

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

10. Explain why David is reluctant to escape, and why he does it, despite his reservations.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Foreshadowing is used extensively throughout the novel to help indicate future events. Choose two examples of foreshadowing, and discuss how these examples indicate events to occur within the novel. Do you think the author uses foreshadowing effectively? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The author often uses strong depictions of the landscape David moves through both to indicate position as well as to provide David with uplifting moments in his journey. Choose a scene in which David is in awe and wonder about his surroundings, and analyze that scene. Why is David so enthralled? What type of environment is he used to? How does the author use David's surroundings to uplift his character, at times?

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