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 will Sam's heroism mean for him?

2. How does Sam contrast his relationship with the children with Henny's relationship?

3. Who is Beulah?

4. What is Sam Pollit's profession?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Henny's relationship with relation to the children?

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

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

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

5. How do the two trips, to Harper's Ferry and to Monocacy, show us different sides of Louie's character?

6. How does the narrator characterize Sam?

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

8. How is Louie treated in the Pollit household?

9. What is Louie's relationship with Beulah?

10. What does Bert Anderson tell Henny?

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

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

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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