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

2. What is Sam Pollit's profession?

3. What is Beulah's family business?

4. What does Norman Collyer tell Henny her trouble is?

5. What is Louie like when her parents are around?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Bert Anderson tell Henny?

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

3. How does Hazel Moore disappoint Henny?

4. Describe Henny's relationship with Bert Anderson.

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

6. Describe Henny's relationship with relation to the children?

7. Describe Sam's relation to Naden.

8. How is Louie treated in the Pollit household?

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

10. What does Henny complain about to Bert Anderson?

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

'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 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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