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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 mother say the father should not worry about when searching for somewhere to send David?
2. Why does David feel how one speaks is important?
3. What has David told Maria how to do so it doesn't hurt?
4. Why can David not give the driver the address in Denmark?
5. Who does David accidentally find on his way to Denmark?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe how David comes to meet Sophie Hartmann, and describe Sophie.
2. Explain David's conversation with God when he realizes the farmer has bolted the door, and his resulting revelation.
3. What does David say in his letter to Carlo?
4. Describe the individuals at the farm.
5. Why does David have such difficulty understanding the young boys he has come to live with?
6. Why does David hate being touched?
7. Explain why David doesn't like dogs, and how his friendship with King develops.
8. What is the significance of David touching Maria?
9. How does David locate Edith, and what happens when he arrives?
10. What does David find out about a woman named Edith Fengel.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
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
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 1,108 words
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