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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

How are we to take the murder at the end of 'The Man Who Loved Children'? Is this a crime Louie will lament for the rest of her days? Was it somehow self-defense? Was it an uncomfortable authorial imposition on a narrative that wasn't ending neatly?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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