J.M. Barrie & the Lost Boys Test | Mid-Book 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. The births of the Llewelyn Davies boys are chronicled. George was born in 1893; Jack in 1894; Peter in 1897; Michael 1900; and _________ in 1903.

2. Why did Barrie enroll at Edinburgh University?

3. It was obvious that Barrie was much more at home with ______________.

4. What was one of the few things that seemed to console Margaret after David's death?

5. Barrie had been working on the production of "The Wedding Guest," an Ibsen-like play that was ____________ the light hearted comedy, "The Little Minister."

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe "The Boy Castaways of Black Lake Island."

2. Describe the financial situation of the newly-married Davies.

3. What background information does the author give about Arthur Davies?

4. Why might the Davies brothers begin to hate their association with Peter Pan?

5. What is Barrie's belief about children and is one of the first references to "Peter Pan?"

6. How did Arthur feel about Barrie's involvement with his family?

7. What did Barrie think of hard work?

8. How was the meeting of the Davies and Barrie chronicled in "Peter Pan?"

9. Why is Peter Llewellyn Davies' death significant?

10. Describe the reviews of the play's debut.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The five Davies boys were the inspiration for Peter Pan.

Part 1) Who are these boys? How did they become the inspiration for Peter Pan? How is each boy's character seen in Peter Pan? How are these boys like Barrie?

Part 2) How did other children also influence Barrie's work? Why were children and childhood so important to Barrie? What can be revealed about Barrie because of this?

Part 3) How are events in your own childhood important in the present? How might these events influence your future?

Essay Topic 2

The Davies boys grow up.

Part 1) Describe the changes that take place in the lives of the Davies boys. How do these changes affect Barrie? Why do they affect him in this way?

Part 2) Does Barrie handle these changes well? Why or why not? How do you know he treated the boys as a father might treat his sons? How do they show him they care for him like a father?

Part 3) What troubles have you caused your own parents? Why? How do you also show them you appreciate what they do for you?

Essay Topic 3

James meets Sylvia Davies at a New Year's Eve dinner party.

Part 1) Describe this meeting. How is it significant? Why is the relationship between Barrie and the Davies family so important? How is it different from his other relationships? Why?

Part 2) What role do the Davies play in Barrie's attraction to them? How does his attraction affect them?

Part 3) To whom are you attracted? Why? What relationships are the most important to your life? Why?

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