I Am David Test | Final Test - Hard

Anne Holm
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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 Giovanni respect David for?

2. Why does David feel he should take off his shoes?

3. How does David learn about countries?

4. What does David realize he has found that has changed him forever?

5. What does David know will happen to him when he runs?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the frontier post, and how David managed to avoid it.

2. Describe how David comes to meet Sophie Hartmann, and describe Sophie.

3. What does David realize about King's actions?

4. Explain what happens to King.

5. Explain why David asks God to spare King, and kill him instead.

6. Why does David have such difficulty understanding the young boys he has come to live with?

7. Explain the newspaper letter David reads, and why it is important to him.

8. Explain how being kept a slave on the farm is beneficial to David.

9. What is the significance of David touching Maria?

10. Explain why David is disheartened in this chapter.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The title of the novel, "I Am David", has great meaning within the novel, as David uses the phrase several times. What does David means when he declares "I Am David"? How does this phrase relate to the progression of the novel? How does it relate to the growth of David's character?

Essay Topic 3

In the novel, "the man" comes to symbolize all things evil and cruel in the world. By the end of the novel, however, it is revealed that "the man" is likely the reason David is alive. Analyze this character in depth. Who is he? How did he treat David? Why did he treat him as he did? What is revealed about him toward the end of the novel? How did he actually help David? Why did he help David? What does this say about David's concept of what is bad?

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