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 does Henny say she would like to do to Sam?

2. What have Henny and Hazel Moore been arguing over?

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

4. What did Louie's mother say about Sam when she was dying?

5. What is Sam Pollit's profession?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Sam reads Louie's poetry?

2. Describe Henny's relationship with Bert Anderson.

3. Describe Josephine Pollit's arrival at Tohoga House.

4. Describe Sam and Henny's conversation at the end of Chapter 4.

5. How is Louie treated in the Pollit household?

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

7. How does the narrator characterize Sam?

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

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

10. What does Bert Anderson tell Henny?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

What stories does this story echo? How does this story resolve differently from Snow White? What makes 'The Man Who Loved Children' unique in its presentation of the familiar story of a girl who doesn't get along with her step-mother?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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