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. When David is taken to the hospital, who checks each room before he enters to make sure Mother isn't there?

2. Where did the boy often have to sit for hours?

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

4. When the story begins, what was the boy forced to sleep on?

5. When David makes his telephone call, he is too scared to dial the numbers. Who dialed the number for him?

Short Essay Questions

1. Late in the chapter entitled The Defiant One, after David returns to the Catanze's for the second time, what one fact does David cling to when Rudy is yelling at him?

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

3. In The Run Away Chapter, why does David thrive for the hours he is away from the house?

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

5. Why did David join the Air Force?

6. When living with the Turnboughs, why did David have an issue with Bruce?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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