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. Henny plans to ask her friend for ___________.

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

3. What is Beulah's family business?

4. How does the narrator characterize Josephine Pollit?

5. How does the narrator characterize Sam Pollit's relationship with his children?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Henny's letter from her brother, Norman Collyer.

2. Describe the trip to Washington D.C. to buy shoes for the children.

3. What is the financial state of the Pollit household?

4. What does Henny complain about to Bert Anderson?

5. What is Louie's relationship with Beulah?

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

7. Describe Sam and Henny's conversation at the end of Chapter 4.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

'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 2

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'?

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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