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 find that he is able to eat?

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

3. Who serves the family dinner?

4. Why does David decide to attempt to escape?

5. What does David decide at the end of Chapter One?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does David say in his letter to Carlo?

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

3. Describe how David escapes the stable.

4. Explain what Sophie means by "someone has broken his spirit".

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

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

7. Explain David's experience within the church.

8. Explain why David is afraid to attempt to hitchhike.

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

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

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 3

In the novel, there is constant contrast between the life David has led, and the life of the more privileged in society. Compare and contrast David's life with the life of others, making sure to touch on concepts such as freedom, choice, materialism, education, and self identity.

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