1. Analyze the impact of the abuse Dave Pelzer suffered by describing how different aspects of his abuse worked together to influence his emotional growth.
2. Dave stated that he was labeled an "F-kid" (foster kid), told that he would never amount to anything, never graduate from high school, and never go to college. Evaluate the impact of this method of mental conditioning as he became eighteen and was no longer a minor provided for by the state. In what ways could his ability to be self-reliant be helped or hindered?
3. Dave stated that as a foster child he discovered that he knew nothing about living in the real world, because his life had been dominated by elemental needs of survival. What did he mean by that statement? What are some of the real world skills that one needs to be a functioning member of society?
4.. Dave stated that he and Patsy had similar childhoods, but at the same time, as adults, saw the world in different ways. Compare and contrast the characters of Dave and Patsy. What specific traits did Patsy have that favorably or unfavorably affected Dave's personal growth?
5. Dave's mother asked Dave if he loved his son. He replied that he loved him with every fiber of his being. His mother said, "Just remember, at one time I did . . . I loved mine, too." Explain what you think she meant by that statement. Analyze the impact of that statement on Dave's role as a parent and his parenting skills.
6. Dave stated that he and Marsha had the same values and believed in him. However, he felt that Marsha was too good for him and he didn't deserve to be with her. Compare and contrast the characters of Dave and Marsha. What specific traits did Marsha have that favorably or unfavorably affected Dave's personal growth?
7. What is the significance of the title of this third memoir, A Man Named Dave?