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. What did David's mother threaten to do if Lilian couldn't control David?

2. David hugs his mother good-bye after his trial. How did David feel about the hug?

3. When David recanted his statements about his abuse, he felt alone. What did he later find out?

4. Why does David feel that Ms. Gold is his angel?

5. During David's visit with his mother, Aunt Mary leaves the room to answer the telephone. What does Mother do when she is alone with David?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What emotion(s) is David's mother trying to convey when she gives him new toys, clothes, and advice after his trial?

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

4. In New Beginnings, what does Tony do for David?

5. What prompts the psychiatrist to report that David has anger issues?

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

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

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

9. 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?"

10. In the chapter entitled Adrift, there are several instances where David wanted to talk to Lilian. What emotions inhibited the conversations from happening.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

When David became a foster child, he lacked many social norms. For instance, David didn't know you should knock on someone's door before entering their house. How did other characters in the story teach David social and foster care norms? What did this do for David on a broader scale?

Essay Topic 3

There are many instances during "The Lost Boy" where David describes his mother's actions. During many of these descriptions, she is cold and removed from David. Rarely is she ever kind to David. Citing specific examples, describe five of Roevra's actions toward her son. Where her actions toward David justified? Did Roevra ever apologize or explain her actions toward David?

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