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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. Where is Henny's special place?

2. What is Henny's mother doing when Henny arrives at Monocacy?

3. What do Henny and Old Ellen talk about?

4. What does Sam say he would like to create?

5. Where does Beulah live?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Louie do at Beulah's house?

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

3. Describe Sam's relation to Naden.

4. How does Henny die?

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

6. What is Sam's relationship with Colonel Willets?

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

8. How does the narrator characterize Sam's world view?

9. How do the Pollits end up in Spa House?

10. What leads up to Henny's death?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

How are we to take the murder at the end of 'The Man Who Loved Children'? Is this a crime Louie will lament for the rest of her days? Was it somehow self-defense? Was it an uncomfortable authorial imposition on a narrative that wasn't ending neatly?

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