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 Saul Pilgrim talk about when he comes to visit?

2. What are Louie's feelings about what she has done?

3. Now that we have read the ending, the book's title 'The Man Who Loved Children' could be seen __________.

4. Where is the house Sam finds?

5. What does Saul Pilgrim tell Sam?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do things come to a head with Colonel Willets and Sam?

2. Describe Henny's second visit to Bert Anderson.

3. What does Sam do on account of Jo's news?

4. What is uncommon about Cathleen's eighteenth birthday?

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

6. Describe Henny's fight with Louie.

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

8. How do the Pollits end up in Spa House?

9. Describe the atmosphere at the celebration for Sam's homecoming.

10. What does the anonymous letter Sam receives say?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does 'The Man Who Loved Children' raise our expectations throughout the novel and then dash them with the ending? Is the ending of 'The Man Who Loved Children' a total surprise? If so, what is the expected ending? Reading the novel closely, describe how our expectations are built and shaped.

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

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?

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