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 the man on the boat give to David to help him in the water?

2. What did Johannes tell David about greedy people?

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

4. What does the family insist David do?

5. What does the man do to surprise David?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain David's opinion about ruling over others.

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

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

4. Describe David's reaction to his bedroom, when he awakens the first time.

5. How does David locate Edith, and what happens when he arrives?

6. Explain David's conversation with God when he realizes the farmer has bolted the door, and his resulting revelation.

7. Explain the scene between David and the couple who are out of gas. Why are they suspicious, and how does David disarm them?

8. Why does Giovanni's wife want David to leave?

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

10. Explain David's experience within the church.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the symbol of kings, and the freedom their presence enables, with the references to "THEM" who, in David's mind, represent and embody oppression and control. Be sure to include any relevant information from the novel.

Essay Topic 2

In the novel, "the man" comes to symbolize all things evil and cruel in the world. By the end of the novel, however, it is revealed that "the man" is likely the reason David is alive. Analyze this character in depth. Who is he? How did he treat David? Why did he treat him as he did? What is revealed about him toward the end of the novel? How did he actually help David? Why did he help David? What does this say about David's concept of what is bad?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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