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 mistake has the Smithsonian made that infuriates Colonel Willets?

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

3. Who is Henny's favorite?

4. What is the house like when Sam arrives home?

5. What does Henny's friend tell her?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the narrator characterize Sam?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What is Louie's relationship with Beulah?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When he is working in Malaysia, Sam tells his Naden clerk not to address him formally, but to view him as an equal. How does Sam's democratic impulse fare in the book? Is it an advantage or a disadvantage--not only to the characters' lives, but to the reader's experience? Is it a positive trait?

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

To what extent is 'The Man Who Loved Children' a woman's book? What markers are there to say that this is written from a female author's perspective and this perspective is different from what a man's perspective might be?

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