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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 Topic 1
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 2
Evaluate your own reading of 'The Man Who Loved Children'. Did you resist it, or were you compelled by the story? What does your reading tell you about yourself and your interests? Use specific examples from the book to describe yourself as a reader.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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