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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. Where is Henny's special place?

2. What is Henny's mother doing when Henny arrives at Monocacy?

3. What do Henny and Old Ellen talk about?

4. What does Sam say he would like to create?

5. Where does Beulah live?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Louie do at Beulah's house?

2. How has the relationship between Sam and Henny changed by the time of Cathleen's eighteenth birthday?

3. Describe Sam's relation to Naden.

4. How does Henny die?

5. What might be being foreshadowed in Chapters 3 and 4?

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

7. Describe the atmosphere at the celebration for Sam's homecoming.

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

9. How do the Pollits end up in Spa House?

10. What leads up to Henny's death?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

The story of Bonnie's baby gives the primary narrative of Louie, Sam, and Henny's relationship a greater depth and resonance. What does this subplot contribute to the book? What themes does it resonate with, and what part of this story, if any, threatens to overtake the primary narrative? Is it too emotional, too hidden, or too unspeakable? What keeps this subplot from being more important to the story? What does this subplot tell you about Stead's values as a storyteller?

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