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 is Josephine Pollit's role in the Pollit family?

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

3. Where has Henny been when she comes home?

4. Who is Rachel?

5. How does Henny use the friend she meets in Washington D.C.?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the narrator characterize Sam?

3. What is the financial state of the Pollit household?

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

5. What is Louie's relationship with Beulah?

6. What does Henny complain about to Bert Anderson?

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

8. Describe Sam's return home.

9. How is Louie treated in the Pollit household?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

What is the role of religion and morality in 'The Man Who Loved Children'? Is the religion organized, or is it just implicit in Sam and Henny's codes of conduct?

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