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 Sam think about as he walks through Georgetown?

2. Josephine Pollit tells Sam about _____________.

3. What do Louie's cousins teacher her?

4. How does Henny refer to the heart of Washington D.C.?

5. What have Henny and Hazel Moore been arguing over?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Louie's visit to Mrs. Kydd's house.

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

3. How does the narrator characterize Sam?

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

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

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

7. What does Bert Anderson tell Henny?

8. What news does Jo bring when she comes?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, Louie's character reveals aspects of other characters, in their meanness or friendliness to her. How does Louie's murdering Henny change how characters see her?

Essay Topic 2

What stories does this story echo? How does this story resolve differently from Snow White? What makes 'The Man Who Loved Children' unique in its presentation of the familiar story of a girl who doesn't get along with her step-mother?

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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