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 alerted authorities that David was being abused?

2. When David left the courtroom, his mother loaded him down with toys and clothes. He enjoyed these gifts, but cherished something else more. What was it?

3. 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?

4. David had mixed emotions about his abuse being reported. Who was he afraid would be angry when they found out?

5. In foster care, who is David not allowed to have contact with?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. David notes in the chapter entitled Adrift, that Rudy seems angry at him. Why is Rudy angry with David?

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

4. 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."

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

6. In the chapter entitled Adrift, what did David think when his visitor didn't show up at the appointed time?

7. What is the bicycle a symbol of to David?

8. 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?"

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

David's mother wanted to control him even after he was placed in the foster care system. List several ways she was able to "control" David even though she didn't see or have custody of him.

Essay Topic 2

David lived with many different foster care parents. David was fortunate, because he was able to stay with three of the families for extended periods of time. Which household--the Catanzes', the Turnboughs', or the Walshes'--provided the best experience for David? Please include three specific examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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