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 saw Big Larry and David ride past their house?

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

3. At David's abuse trial, who did not appear in court?

4. Who was supposed to visit David at the Catanzes', but never showed up?

5. When David gave his note to someone at the trail, how did this person react?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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."

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

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

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

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

7. What makes the note David wrote in The Trial significant?

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

9. In New Beginnings, David tells about some of the torment his mother put him through. What did David feel was an accident when he didn't finish the dishes fast enough?

10. When the judge asked David where he wanted to live, David became overwhelmed by two emotions towards his mother. What were they?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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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