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. Why did Henny look very theatrical when she stared off into the distance?

2. How does the narrator characterize the relationship between Henny and her friend?

3. What is Louie's relationship with Henny?

4. What does Henny complain about?

5. Why does Louie feel at home with Beulah?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Louie and Nellie discuss when Henny and the children get to Monocacy?

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

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

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

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

6. How is Louie treated in the Pollit household?

7. How does the narrator characterize Sam?

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

9. How does Hazel Moore disappoint Henny?

10. How does the narrator describe Louie's personality?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is missing from this book? What should have been covered or presented that was not? What is the effect of this absence? Describe an element that ought to have been covered, and explain why it would have made the book stronger.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Would you recommend 'The Man Who Loved Children'? For what purposes would you recommend 'The Man Who Loved Children', and to what kinds of readers would you not recommend it? What book would you recommend that would cover the same material or provide the same emotional experience in a different way?

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