The Man Who Loved Children Test | Final 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 Henny snap at when she is in a foul mood?

2. How does Henny escape from the house?

3. How has the trip changed Sam?

4. How does Henny characterize Louie's teacher?

5. What does the narrator say is clear has happened since Henny left Tohoga House?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Sam reads Louie's poetry?

2. Describe Henny's fight with Louie.

3. What is Ernie's main concern, which has Sam so displeased?

4. What does the anonymous letter Sam receives say?

5. Describe Louie's experience in a new school.

6. What news does Jo bring to the house?

7. What does Henny say about the news Jo brings?

8. Describe the reading of David Collyer's will.

9. How does the topic of poetry figure in Sam's homecoming celebration?

10. Describe the children's reaction to the marlin Sam brings home.

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the significance of the title, 'The Man Who Loved Children'. Is this ironic, and if so, what is the irony? What are the two--or more--perspectives--from which this title could be seen? What effect does this irony have on our reading of the book? What does it make us focus on? How would a different title change our sense of the book?

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