The Lost Boy Test | Final 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. Who moves into the Turnbough house that David does not like?

2. What plan does John concoct that David eagerly goes along with and brags about to his classmates?

3. Summer is over and David returns to school. Who 'befriends' David?

4. What does David begin to turn off because of all the drama that's been in his life?

5. How does David feel when he's moved to the new wing at the Hill?

Short Essay Questions

1. While at the Hill, what did the mental health person want David to do?

2. What information did Uncle Lee give to David about Stephen, his father?

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

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

5. Why didn't anyone believe David when he said he didn't start the fire?

6. In the Coming Around chapter, David is in high school and making true friends. Who are some of the people David makes friends with when the Walshes move? Please give a brief description of their relationships.

7. Who told David that they would do whatever it takes to help him?

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. How does David react to the school secretary's remarks about foster children?

10. Why did David feel responsible for the Nulls' divorce?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In what ways do the chapter titles provide insights into the story's themes? Where the titles important? How do they help one understand what is happening in the story?

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

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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