I Am David Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 as soon as he can afford to?

2. What condition to go on living does David believe he forgot when he met Maria?

3. Why doesn't David like to play with the others?

4. What does Sophie tell David he is welcome to do?

5. What does David realize Edith may not be happy about?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain why David doesn't like dogs, and how his friendship with King develops.

2. What does David say in his letter to Carlo?

3. Explain what happens to King.

4. Explain what Sophie means by "someone has broken his spirit".

5. Why does David hate being touched?

6. What is the significance of David touching Maria?

7. Describe how David escapes the stable.

8. Explain David's conversation with God when he realizes the farmer has bolted the door, and his resulting revelation.

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

10. How does David cross into Denmark?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

David's relationship with God grows through the novel from being non-existent to being one of the most vital relationships in his life. Describe each stage of this relationship in detail. How does David find God? How does he choose a God? How does he pray? How does he learn about God? What promises does he make to God, and what triumphs does he attribute to God? Does God succeed, to David, in helping him?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Another popular theme in the novel is the power of faith, both in mankind and in God. Discuss the role faith plays in the novel, both in terms of its power to help, and its power to destroy when faith is lost.

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