The Lost Boy Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Dave Pelzer
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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 other foster child takes David to the movies and the park?

2. What lie was told to the police officer by Father?

3. David says he used to like school, but he now hates it. Why does David hate school?

4. Ms. Gold tells David that if he doesn't tell the truth, he will have to go back and live with his mother. What somber response does David give her?

5. Who did David stick-up for at the Catanzes'?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?"

2. Why is the date August 21, 1973 important to David?

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

4. While at the Hill, what did the mental health person want David to do?

5. How does David feel about the press that the foster care system receives?

6. In the Adrift chapter, why did Chris have fear in his eyes when he talked to David?

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

8. Why did David join the Air Force?

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

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

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

Why was David singled out for his mother's abuse? Given what you know from reading the story, how did the abuse affect the other family members?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the book, David states that his brothers were still living with his mother. Using examples from the book, do you feel that the other Pelzer children should or should not have been placed in the foster care system? What did the foster system represent to the Pelzer family?

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