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 does David tell Ms. Gold after his mother's visit to Aunt Mary's?

2. Who catches the boy stealing and calls the police?

3. After the trial, David is torn. He cannot decide what he wants more, his mother's love or ...?

4. What decision did the judge come to regarding David's custody arrangements?

5. What other foster child takes David to the movies and the park?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why does David dread commercial breaks?

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

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

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

10. 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."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

David faced many conflicts in the story. How did David overcome these conflicts? Were there any instances in which David had mishandled conflicts? How did David's ability to face conflict change as he grew older?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Describe David's relationship with his father, then compare and contrast it with David's relationship with his mother. Why does David's father act the way he does? What might a reader assume about David's father from evidence provided in the book?

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