The Lost Boy 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. Who does David end up spilling his guts to about his abuse after Roerva's visit.

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

3. Who was Ms. Gold?

4. What did David discover when Big Larry and he returned home?

5. What does Roevra bring David on her visit to the Catanzes'?

Short Essay Questions

1. In The Trial, what does Ms. Gold tell David on the way to his trial?

2. In An Angel named Ms. Gold, how did David react when Aunt Mary grabbed his arm?

3. In The Run Away Chapter, why does David thrive for the hours he is away from the house?

4. What item becomes David's obsession at The Catanze's?

5. In The Run Away Chapter, why does David feel he deserves his punishments?

6. 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?"

7. Why does David dread commercial breaks?

8. 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."

9. Why does David's father allow the abuse to persist?

10. What is Ms. Gold's response in The Trial when David asks what will happen to his brothers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

David has to visit a psychiatrist while at the Catanzes'. Later, while living with the Turnboughs, David visits a second psychiatrist, Donald Roberson. Compare and contrast the two psychiatrists using examples from the story to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

On March 5, 1973, three years after David ran away, one of David's teachers alerted authorities of David's abuse. Describe the process David had to endure after his case was reported to authorities.

Essay Topic 3

David had trouble making friends throughout his teenage years. He tells of many instances where he made friends whose goals were to get David into some type of trouble. Explain how David's friendships effected his life. Why did David make the friendships he made? Did the type of friendships he made throughout the story change? If so, how or why? Explain why having a close friend is an essential part of adolescence.

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