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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. Why does David require help getting dressed?
2. Why did Johannes not want people in camp to tell David things of the outside world?
3. Why does David not wash in the fountains in town?
4. Why does David think Angelo is stupid?
5. What does David lose into the sea?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe how David is able to keep going long after he has stopped caring.
2. Describe how David saves Maria from the fire.
3. Explain what the man on the ship and the woman in the shop mean when they discuss David's eyes.
4. Explain how David comes to choose a God, and why.
5. Explain what the man tells David to do to escape.
6. Describe David's reaction to his bedroom, when he awakens the first time.
7. Explain why David is beat up, and why he refuses to fight back.
8. Explain why David knows so many languages, and how this might be able to help him.
9. Why does David decide, as he runs during his escape, to stop running and instead to walk?
10. Describe how David comes to own a mirror, and his reaction to his own reflection.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
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
This section contains 1,100 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)