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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 David do to explain his departure to the parents?
2. What does the wife of the household fear, if the farmer beats David?
3. Where is David taken when the woman realizes the time?
4. How does David learn about countries?
5. Who does David credit for his escape?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the significance of David touching Maria?
2. Why does David hate being touched?
3. Explain David's conversation with God when he realizes the farmer has bolted the door, and his resulting revelation.
4. How does David locate Edith, and what happens when he arrives?
5. How does David cross into Denmark?
6. What does David say in his letter to Carlo?
7. Why does David stop caring consciously about what happens to him, and how does he manage to keep going?
8. Describe the frontier post, and how David managed to avoid it.
9. Explain the newspaper letter David reads, and why it is important to him.
10. Explain what Sophie means by "someone has broken his spirit".
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 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
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