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 had Sam brought back from Malaysia in the crates?

2. How does Bert Anderson disappoint Henny?

3. How does the narrator say Henny's moods change?

4. What does Sam say when Louie confesses to him?

5. Why does the Pollit family have to leave Georgetown?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How has the relationship between Sam and Henny changed by the time of Cathleen's eighteenth birthday?

4. Why doesn't Sam let Louie go when she says she wants to leave?

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

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

7. Describe the opening of the crates from Sam's trip.

8. What does the anonymous letter Sam receives say?

9. How does Sam react to the birth of a new baby?

10. How does the new baby strain the Pollit household?

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 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 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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