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 boy desperately want from his parents?

2. The person at the bar gives the boy these two items:

3. After the boy runs away from the Pelzer household, what did he hope?

4. 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?

5. Who tormented David and called him a wimp for not fighting his mother?

Short Essay Questions

1. In An Angel named Ms. Gold, why did David feel he should be placed in jail?

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

3. 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."

4. What is Ms. Gold's response in The Trial when David asks what will happen to his brothers?

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Because of the abuse he suffered, David struggles with many fears. Give examples of David's fears and how he overcomes them. Do some of his fears subside as the story progresses? Which fears persist?

Essay Topic 2

David initially spent 100 days in the Hill and revisited it on several occasions, when Gordan would place him there as a temporary foster home. Explain how David's time at the Hill changed his life. What were the benefits and drawbacks to David's stays there? How did the environment at the Hill aid David?

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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