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. After his tests at the hospital, David is taken to his first foster care home. Who was his first foster parent?

2. What doesn't the psychiatrist allow David to do?

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

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

5. David hugs his mother good-bye after his trial. How did David feel about the hug?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why did David join the Air Force?

4. How does David feel about the press that the foster care system receives?

5. In the Break Away chapter, David was living with the Turnboughs again. Did David ever go back and visit his friends on Duinsmoore Drive?

6. What does David fear would have happened to him if he had not gone into the foster care system?

7. In the Break Away chapter, David visits the Russian River once again. What did David take with him, and why was it important?

8. In the Estranged chapter, when David sees Russell, his brother, why doesn't David tell that he thinks Russell is now being abused?

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

10. Where did David go after the Johnny Jones incident?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the symbolism represented by David's bicycle. Was the bicycle an important aspect to David's story? How did the bike change David?

Essay Topic 3

How did growing up in the foster care system shape David's life? Would he have had the same experiences had he grown up in his mother's home? Why/Why not?

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