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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 priest tell David about God?
2. What does the woman David meets wish to do?
3. How does David plan to escape?
4. Why does the mother want David to leave?
5. What does David do to explain his departure to the parents?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the frontier post, and how David managed to avoid it.
2. Why is being able to use proper wording important to David?
3. What does David say in his letter to Carlo?
4. Explain why David doesn't like dogs, and how his friendship with King develops.
5. Explain why David asks God to spare King, and kill him instead.
6. Why does David hate being touched?
7. Explain what David realizes about milk.
8. Describe the individuals at the farm.
9. Explain what Sophie means by "someone has broken his spirit".
10. What does David realize about King's actions?
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
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?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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