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 happens to Louie in her first days in high school?

2. What is Sam's status in terms of work, in Chapter 9?

3. What does Sam propose to Bonnie?

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

5. What happens when Sam opens the crates he brought home from Malaysia?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is it that upsets Sam during his homecoming celebration?

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

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

4. Describe Saul Pilgrim's visit in June.

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

6. What leads up to Henny's death?

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

8. What happens after Sam gets the anonymous letter?

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

10. How does Henny die?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

'The Man Who Loved Children' is in many ways a coming-of-age story about an artist. How does Stead use the coming-of-age story for her purposes, and how does Louie's coming of age as a writer differ from other comings of age?

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

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?

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