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 accuse Bert Anderson of?

2. Henny threatens Sam with _________.

3. How does Henny escape from the house?

4. How does the narrator characterize the relationship between Sam and Colonel Willets?

5. What is Louie's reaction when Sam reads her poetry?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Henny's fight with Louie.

2. How does Sam react when Louie tells him that she killed Henny?

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

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

5. What news does Jo bring to the house?

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

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

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

9. Describe Henny's stay at Hassie's house.

10. What leads up to Henny's death?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

To what extent is 'The Man Who Loved Children' a woman's book? What markers are there to say that this is written from a female author's perspective and this perspective is different from what a man's perspective might be?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Where is the climax of this book? Are there different climaxes? What questions does each climax resolve? What questions does each climax leave unanswered?

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