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. What was David Collyer's relationship with Archie Lessinum?

2. What is Louie like when her parents are around?

3. What does Sam say he wants from Josephine Pollit when she arrives?

4. What does Josephine Pollit tell the children?

5. What do Sam and Henny argue about when they consider Sam's departure?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Henny replaced?

2. Describe the opening of the crates from Sam's trip.

3. Describe Henny's relationship with Bert Anderson.

4. How does Henny die?

5. What is Louie's relationship with Beulah?

6. What happens when Sam reads Louie's poetry?

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

8. What does Henny find when she arrives at Monocacy?

9. How do the two trips, to Harper's Ferry and to Monocacy, show us different sides of Louie's character?

10. How does the topic of poetry figure in Sam's homecoming celebration?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In what way is 'The Man Who Loved Children' an American book? In what ways is it not? How does the book define the American way of life, and how does the book fulfill its own definition? If it is not American, what is it? Does it lay out terms for what is not American as well?

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

Where is the climax of this book? Are there different climaxes? What questions does each climax resolve? What questions does each climax leave unanswered?

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