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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 ask the woman about Denmark?
2. Why does the mother want David to leave?
3. Who does David accidentally find on his way to Denmark?
4. Where does David claim to be from when the woman who drives him asks?
5. What does David realize Edith may not be happy about?
Short Essay Questions
1. Explain the newspaper letter David reads, and why it is important to him.
2. Explain why David asks God to spare King, and kill him instead.
3. How does David cross into Denmark?
4. Describe the frontier post, and how David managed to avoid it.
5. Explain what happens to King.
6. Describe how David escapes the stable.
7. Why does David now believe the man kept him in the concentration camp, only to take care of him and eventually let him go?
8. Why does David stop caring consciously about what happens to him, and how does he manage to keep going?
9. What does David realize about King's actions?
10. Why does David have such difficulty understanding the young boys he has come to live with?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
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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