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  • Who is the narrator of the story?

David Pelzer

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  • How does David describe his father?  What character does he refer to when talking about his father?

Superman

100

True or False: David overcomes his abusive mother with the support of his brothers.

False

100

True or False:

The Mother is abusive to all of her children, except baby Kevin.

False

100

True or False: 

Some of David’s injuries from his mother include dislocating his arm, being burned on the stove, and being stabbed with a kitchen knife.

True

200

What is David’s early childhood like?

Idyllic-mother is loving, everyone gets along, a happy family

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What does David do at school to make the other kids not like him and ostracize him?

Steals food from their lunches

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At the end of the novel, what is the relationship status of David’s parents?

They separate

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What is one possible reason that the Mother abuses and tortures David?

She experienced some trauma in her own life/childhood growing up

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What “accident” occurs that leaves David to take care of himself, even though he probably needed medical attention?

His mother stabs him with kitchen knife

300

  • Identify three character traits that describe David.

Strong, smart, clever, witty, resilient, weak, brave, hopeless, survivor, forgiving independent, rebellious

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  • What does David’s mother make David do when the family is on vacation at the Russian River?

Eat a dirty diaper

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During the epilogue, David describes his life after experiencing an abusive childhood by moving on to becoming a successful adult.  What character trait does this show?

Resilient, brave, strong

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True or False:

David overcomes his abusive childhood to become a successful adult.  He even joins the army.

False

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  • When pregnant with baby Kevin, what does the Mother make David believe?

Makes David think that he hurt/damaged the baby

400

  • Identify three character traits that describe David’s mother.

Abusive, manipulative, phony, alcoholic, cowardly, selfish, controlling

400

  • Identify two things that David is desperate for from his mother and family?

Love, attention, respect, dignity

400

  • True or False:
  • At the beginning of the novel, David describes his mother as the Wicked Witch, but later only refers to her as “the bitch.”

True

400

  • Why does the Mother treat David nicely and tell him he is a part of the family again?

To trick the social worker into thinking there isn’t any abuse

400

  • Identify three theme topics that are present throughout the novel.

Guilt, responsibility, faith, hope, defeat, hate, trauma, cycle/pattern, breaking the cycle, innocence/loss of innocence, abandonment, lonely, low self-esteem/self-worth, affection, love, dignity, respect, humanity, dehumanization, escape, manipulation, consequences, survival, excuses, blame, negligence, grit, family dynamics

500

  • Describe how David’s mother begins to change.

Loving to abusive

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  • How does David refer to himself in regards to his family? 

As a slave

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  • David mentions that he no longer believes in God.  What does this say about his feelings/mental state?

He is hopeless, faithless, defeated

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  • Describe David’s relationship with his own son.

Loving, connected, happy

500

True or False

David’s father helps him by sticking up for him/challenging the Mother when she beats him.

False