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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 wife of the household fear, if the farmer beats David?
2. What does David do to the Swiss man that he has never done before?
3. What does David realize Edith may not be happy about?
4. What does Maria give to David?
5. What comforts David in Chapter Eight?
Short Essay Questions
1. Explain David's conversation with God when he realizes the farmer has bolted the door, and his resulting revelation.
2. Describe how David comes to meet Sophie Hartmann, and describe Sophie.
3. Explain what Sophie means by "someone has broken his spirit".
4. Describe the individuals at the farm.
5. How does David locate Edith, and what happens when he arrives?
6. How does David cross into Denmark?
7. What is the significance of David touching Maria?
8. Why is being able to use proper wording important to David?
9. Why does David have such difficulty understanding the young boys he has come to live with?
10. Explain what happens to King.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In the novel, the word King symbolizes freedom and free will to David, as he knows that countries that have kings are not under the control of "them". Later in the novel, when he is in his darkest hour, he is befriended by a dog, who he names "King". Describe how the dog's final actions in the novel affirm the concept that the word "king" symbolizes both free will and freedom.
Essay Topic 2
There are two strong female characters in the novel, Sophie and the mother of the children, Giovanni's wife. Compare and contrast these two women. How are they similar? How are they different? How do their backgrounds and lifestyles change the way the treat David? Whereas the mother originally sends David away, Sophie asks him to stay. What does this difference indicate about these two characters?
Essay Topic 3
Throughout the book, David shows himself to be clearly different than other boys. Pick two ways in which David is different, and discuss them in depth. What are these differences? How are they depicted in the novel? What do these differences stem from? Can David overcome them, or does he need to? Why or why not?
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