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. In what way is Nellie cruel to Louie?

2. What does Nellie teach Louie?

3. In what way does Sam juxtapose nature and Henny?

4. Who is Nellie?

5. How does the narrator characterize Sam Pollit's relationship with his children?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the narrator characterize Sam?

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

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

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

6. Describe Josephine Pollit's arrival at Tohoga House.

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

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

9. How is Louie treated in the Pollit household?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Write a character sketch of the author based on his style and content. What values does he hold dear? What are his hopes and fears? What kind of person do you think he is? Anchor your sketch in passages in the book.

Essay Topic 3

Evaluate your own reading of 'The Man Who Loved Children'. Did you resist it, or were you compelled by the story? What does your reading tell you about yourself and your interests? Use specific examples from the book to describe yourself as a reader.

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