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 is David nervous of doing?

2. What city is David trying to reach, to get on a boat?

3. What story does David concoct to explain his travels?

4. Why does David pick up the newspaper the food is wrapped in?

5. What does David struggle with as he debates about going back to the woman in town?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe David's first meal with the family.

2. Explain why David is reluctant to escape, and why he does it, despite his reservations.

3. Explain David's reaction to the baby.

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

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

6. Why was it so important for David to clean himself so thoroughly?

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

8. Describe how David saves Maria from the fire.

9. Explain why David knows so little of himself, including where he is from, and what he looks like.

10. Why was crossing the road, a dangerous task, a type of turning point for David?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the novel there is reference to David's eyes. This is later linked in the novel to the eyes of Edith, his mother. Explain what people see when they look into David's eyes, in terms of why they find his eyes do unique. What in David's life has led him to show the expression in his eyes that he shows? Why does his mother have the same eyes? How does the author use this to link not only their genetics, but their experiences?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the novel, David makes the attempt to "win" over those around him, including the guards, and those who are cruel to him. Locate at least two of these circumstances. What is the situation? Why does David feel the need to "win" against these individuals? What does this say about David, as a person? Do you think David's actions make him petty, or righteous? Why?

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