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. Whose family home is Monocacy?

3. What does Henny's friend say is the crux of her problems?

4. How did Beulah take care of Louie and the children?

5. What does Henny's friend tell her?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is Louie's relationship with Beulah?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does Henny complain about to Bert Anderson?

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

Write a character sketch of the author based on his style and content. What values does he hold dear? What are his hopes and fears? What kind of person do you think he is? Anchor your sketch in passages in the book.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the significance of the title, 'The Man Who Loved Children'. Is this ironic, and if so, what is the irony? What are the two--or more--perspectives--from which this title could be seen? What effect does this irony have on our reading of the book? What does it make us focus on? How would a different title change our sense of the book?

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