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 does Norman Collyer tell Henny her trouble is?

2. What mistake has the Smithsonian made that infuriates Colonel Willets?

3. Why doesn't Henny do what she would like to do to Sam?

4. What is Sam Pollit's profession?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do Louie and Nellie discuss when Henny and the children get to Monocacy?

3. What news does Jo bring when she comes?

4. Describe Louie's visit to Mrs. Kydd's 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 complain about to Bert Anderson?

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

8. How does Hazel Moore disappoint Henny?

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

10. What is Louie's relationship with Beulah?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In what way is 'The Man Who Loved Children' an American book? In what ways is it not? How does the book define the American way of life, and how does the book fulfill its own definition? If it is not American, what is it? Does it lay out terms for what is not American as well?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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