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 David admit to the woman that he does not know how to do?

2. Why does David think Angelo is stupid?

3. Why does David leave the town?

4. What does David ask the man for, reluctantly?

5. What does David believe about countries with kings?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to David's clothes, and what is the result of this? How does he feel?

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

3. Explain how David comes to the home of Giovanni.

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

5. Explain why David thinks Angelo is stupid.

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

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

9. Explain why David plunges through the thicket instead of going around it.

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

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

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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