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 the narrator characterize the Pollit children?

2. What does Norman Collyer tell Henny her trouble is?

3. What does Sam swear to Henny?

4. How old is Josephine Pollit?

5. Who is Hazel Moore?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Josephine Pollit's arrival at Tohoga House.

2. Describe Henny's relationship with Bert Anderson.

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

4. How do the two trips, to Harper's Ferry and to Monocacy, show us different sides of Louie's character?

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

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

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

8. Describe Sam's relation to Naden.

9. What is Louie's relationship with Beulah?

10. How does Henny get reprieve from the children at Tohoga House?

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

Where is the climax of this book? Are there different climaxes? What questions does each climax resolve? What questions does each climax leave unanswered?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the significance of the title, 'The Man Who Loved Children'. Is this ironic, and if so, what is the irony? What are the two--or more--perspectives--from which this title could be seen? What effect does this irony have on our reading of the book? What does it make us focus on? How would a different title change our sense of the book?

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