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Dave Pelzer
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When the story begins, what was the boy forced to sleep on?
(a) The steps.
(b) A cot.
(c) A bed.
(d) The floor.

2. Later in the evening, when David and Big Larry got into trouble, who did David try to call?
(a) His father.
(b) Aunt Mary.
(c) His mother.
(d) Ms. Gold.

3. Who saw Big Larry and David ride past their house?
(a) One of David's brothers.
(b) Larry Junior.
(c) Ms. Gold.
(d) Lilian.

4. What was a normal part of the evening routine at the Pelzer household?
(a) Cocaine.
(b) Marijuana.
(c) Prescription pills.
(d) Alcohol.

5. When David recanted his statements about his abuse, he felt alone. What did he later find out?
(a) That he was alone.
(b) That he should have gone back to his mother's home.
(c) That he was bad.
(d) That many abused children feel the same way.

Short Answer Questions

1. Before his court hearing, where does David want to be placed?

2. What does David tell Ms. Gold after his mother's visit to Aunt Mary's?

3. Who came to pick the boy up from the police station?

4. How old was the boy when he was first placed into foster care?

5. Who alerted authorities that David was being abused?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why didn't David understand simple terms, such as "grounded?"

2. Why does David dread commercial breaks?

3. When David first arrived at Aunt Mary's, what was his response to the other foster children when they asked "what he was in for?"

4. David notes in the chapter entitled Adrift, that Rudy seems angry at him. Why is Rudy angry with David?

5. In the chapter entitled Adrift, what did David think when his visitor didn't show up at the appointed time?

6. David's abuse wasn't reported until he was 12 years old. Why didn't anyone report the abuse sooner?

7. After David's custody trial, what does he say to Ms. Gold?

8. David and Big Larry come up with a plan. What was the plan called, and what were the details of the plan?

9. In Chapter 1, David gives a description of his home life and calls himself his "Mother's prisoner." Give three examples of how David was his "Mother's prisoner."

10. After his mother's visit to Aunt Mary's, David changed the story he told Ms. Gold. Why did David change his story?

(see the answer keys)

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