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

2. For what had Henny asked Norman Collyer?

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

4. How does the narrator say Henny treats Louie when she takes the children to Washington D.C. for shoes?

5. How does the narrator characterize Henny Pollit?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hazel Moore disappoint Henny?

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

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

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

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

6. What does Henny like about visiting Washington D.C.?

7. What might be being foreshadowed in Chapters 3 and 4?

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

9. What is Louie's relationship with Beulah?

10. Describe the opening scene of 'The Man Who Loved Children'.

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

What is the role of religion and morality in 'The Man Who Loved Children'? Is the religion organized, or is it just implicit in Sam and Henny's codes of conduct?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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