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 did the note David wrote during the trial say?

2. When David is at the hospital, the doctor puts cream on David's arms and tells him it's "too late to cover them." Why would the doctor tell David that?

3. What medical condition did Chris have?

4. Roevra visits David at his new foster home. Who is Roevra?

5. Before David goes to court, his mother comes to his foster home to visit. David regresses back to "The Boy," and is amazed because someone stands up to Mother when she says he is a bad boy. Who stands up for him?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In the chapter entitled The Defiant One, David is on a quest for friendships. Where does this quest lead him?

3. Why does David dread commercial breaks?

4. In An Angel named Ms. Gold, what did the police officer tell David's mother?

5. Why was it important for David to form a bond with Ms. Gold?

6. What is "The Hill?"

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

8. Why did David join the Air Force?

9. In the Break Away chapter, David visits the Russian River once again. What did David take with him, and why was it important?

10. In the Mother's Love chapter, whose house did David refer to as his home?

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

A common theme throughout David's life is the belief that he deserved the abuse he received from his mother. David later finds out that many children who are abused also have these same feelings. How did this thinking pattern affect David throughout his life? Did David ever release himself from this "I deserve abuse" mind-set? Cite examples to support your answer.

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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