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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. Whose family home is Monocacy?

2. What is Sam Pollit's profession?

3. How do Henny, Hassie, and Old Ellen characterize Barry?

4. How does Sam contrast his relationship with the children with Henny's relationship?

5. Who is Rachel?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Henny's stay at Hassie's house.

2. How does the topic of poetry figure in Sam's homecoming celebration?

3. How has the relationship between Sam and Henny changed by the time of Cathleen's eighteenth birthday?

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

5. How do things come to a head with Colonel Willets and Sam?

6. Describe the atmosphere at the celebration for Sam's homecoming.

7. What news does Jo bring to the house?

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

9. What does Bert Anderson tell Henny?

10. Describe the children's reaction to the marlin Sam brings home.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Where is the climax of this book? Are there different climaxes? What questions does each climax resolve? What questions does each climax leave unanswered?

Essay Topic 2

What is missing from this book? What should have been covered or presented that was not? What is the effect of this absence? Describe an element that ought to have been covered, and explain why it would have made the book stronger.

Essay Topic 3

'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?

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