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. Who does Henny meet in Washington D.C.?

2. How does Sam tell Naden to address him?

3. How does Henny say she thinks of Louie?

4. What does Louie make for Henny when she comes home?

5. What makes Sam a hero to his department?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Henny find when she arrives at Monocacy?

2. What does Henny complain about to Bert Anderson?

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

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

5. What is Louie's relationship with Beulah?

6. Describe Sam's relation to Naden.

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

8. How does the narrator characterize Sam's world view?

9. How does the narrator describe Louie's personality?

10. What is the financial state of the Pollit household?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does 'The Man Who Loved Children' raise our expectations throughout the novel and then dash them with the ending? Is the ending of 'The Man Who Loved Children' a total surprise? If so, what is the expected ending? Reading the novel closely, describe how our expectations are built and shaped.

Essay Topic 2

What is the role of religion and morality in 'The Man Who Loved Children'? Is the religion organized, or is it just implicit in Sam and Henny's codes of conduct?

Essay Topic 3

To what extent is 'The Man Who Loved Children' a woman's book? What markers are there to say that this is written from a female author's perspective and this perspective is different from what a man's perspective might be?

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