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 is Louie like when her parents are around?

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

3. Who is Archie Lessinum?

4. Where is Sam Pollit?

5. What does Louie make for Henny when she comes home?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Henny complain about to Bert Anderson?

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

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

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

5. How does the narrator characterize Sam's world view?

6. Describe Sam's return home.

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

8. Describe Henny's relationship with Bert Anderson.

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

10. How does Hazel Moore disappoint Henny?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Throughout the novel, Louie's character reveals aspects of other characters, in their meanness or friendliness to her. How does Louie's murdering Henny change how characters see her?

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