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

2. What does Sam tell Louie about?

3. Who is Beulah?

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

5. Why doesn't Henny do what she would like to do to Sam?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Louie treated in the Pollit household?

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

3. What does Bert Anderson tell Henny?

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

5. How does Henny get reprieve from the children at Tohoga House?

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

7. Describe Louie's visit to Mrs. Kydd's house.

8. What does Henny complain about to Bert Anderson?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Louie keeps a journal and writes down her own version of the story the narrator is ostensibly telling. How does this narrative within a narrative complicate or clarify our understanding of the story? What other gestures of self-awareness are there in the book? Do the characters ever seem to be aware of being characters? Does the author reveal herself and speak directly to the reader? What is the role of writing, in itself, in 'The Man Who Loved Children'?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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