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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 do the couple give to David for his assistance?
2. What does David lose into the sea?
3. Why does David require help getting dressed?
4. What does David decide makes a person smile?
5. What does David notice about the people in the first town he visits?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe how David comes to own a mirror, and his reaction to his own reflection.
2. Explain David's reaction to the baby.
3. Why was crossing the road, a dangerous task, a type of turning point for David?
4. Explain why David is reluctant to escape, and why he does it, despite his reservations.
5. Explain how David comes to choose a God, and why.
6. Describe David's first meal with the family.
7. Why does David decide, as he runs during his escape, to stop running and instead to walk?
8. Explain how David comes to the home of Giovanni.
9. Explain what the man tells David to do to escape.
10. Describe how David saves Maria from the fire.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
At one point in the novel, David learns about his conscience, as he debates about whether to return to the woman in town to take care of her baby, or whether perhaps by doing so, he would endanger the child. Explain his dilemma, the reasons for his concerns, and his resulting decision. What lesson does David learn about doing what it right?
Essay Topic 3
There are many references in the novel to the power of "them", without actual description of who "they" really are. Choose three instances where the author gives information about "them", and explain the reference in detail. What is said about "them"? What does the reference indicate about who "they" might be? How does the author use these vague descriptions to impose a feeling of unfocused dread?
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