The Man Who Loved Children 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. How does Sam contrast his relationship with the children with Henny's relationship?

2. How does the narrator characterize Henny Pollit?

3. Why does Henny refuse to write to Sam?

4. For what had Henny asked Norman Collyer?

5. What will Sam's heroism mean for him?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Henny's relationship with relation to the children?

2. What is Louie's relationship with Beulah?

3. Describe the opening scene of 'The Man Who Loved Children'.

4. Describe Sam and Henny's conversation at the end of Chapter 4.

5. Compare and contrast Louie with Henny's brother Barry.

6. What does Henny complain about to Bert Anderson?

7. What news does Jo bring when she comes?

8. How does Hazel Moore disappoint Henny?

9. What does Henny like about visiting Washington D.C.?

10. What do Louie and Nellie discuss when Henny and the children get to Monocacy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In what way is 'The Man Who Loved Children' an American book? In what ways is it not? How does the book define the American way of life, and how does the book fulfill its own definition? If it is not American, what is it? Does it lay out terms for what is not American as well?

Essay Topic 2

'The Man Who Loved Children' is in many ways a coming-of-age story about an artist. How does Stead use the coming-of-age story for her purposes, and how does Louie's coming of age as a writer differ from other comings of age?

Essay Topic 3

Evaluate your own reading of 'The Man Who Loved Children'. Did you resist it, or were you compelled by the story? What does your reading tell you about yourself and your interests? Use specific examples from the book to describe yourself as a reader.

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