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 Sam Pollit's relationship with his children?

2. Why does Henny like going to Washington D.C.?

3. What is the house like when Sam arrives home?

4. Why is Henny irritated by the children writing letters to Sam in Malaysia?

5. For what had Henny asked Norman Collyer?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Henny complain about to Bert Anderson?

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

4. How does Henny characterize the difference between herself and Sam?

5. Describe Henny's relationship with Bert Anderson.

6. What is Sam's relationship with Colonel Willets?

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

8. How does Hazel Moore disappoint Henny?

9. Describe Sam's return home.

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

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 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

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?

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