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

2. Who is Norman Collyer?

3. How does Henny say she thinks of Louie?

4. What does Henny's friend say is the crux of her problems?

5. Where does Nellie say Louie is going to go?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe Henny's letter from her brother, Norman Collyer.

5. How is Louie treated in the Pollit household?

6. What news does Jo bring when she comes?

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

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

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

10. How does Hazel Moore disappoint Henny?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

To what extent is Louie's tale every woman's tale? To what extent is it uniquely Louie's own story? How can we extrapolate from this story to discuss the experiences of girls and women in general?

Essay Topic 2

The Pollits have problems inside and outside of the house. How are these two spheres related? Are the problems in one related to the problems in the other? Do they mirror, echo, follow each other? What strategies do the Pollits have for solving these problems? Do their solutions apply from one sphere to the other?

Essay Topic 3

Louie keeps a journal and writes down her own version of the story the narrator is ostensibly telling. How does this narrative within a narrative complicate or clarify our understanding of the story? What other gestures of self-awareness are there in the book? Do the characters ever seem to be aware of being characters? Does the author reveal herself and speak directly to the reader? What is the role of writing, in itself, in 'The Man Who Loved Children'?

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