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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 does Sam talk about with Whitey?

2. How old was Louie when her mother died?

3. What is Louie like when her parents are gone?

4. Why does Henny like going to Washington D.C.?

5. What 'crime' does Nellie hold against Louie?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why doesn't Sam let Louie go when she says she wants to leave?

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

4. Describe the children's reaction to the marlin Sam brings home.

5. What does Bert Anderson tell Henny?

6. How does Henny die?

7. How does the new baby strain the Pollit household?

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

9. Compare and contrast Louie with Henny's brother Barry.

10. Describe Henny's stay at Hassie's house.

Essay 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

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 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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