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. How does Henny characterize Louie's teacher?

3. What embarrasses Louie about going to school?

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

5. What does Josephine Pollit tell the family about, when she comes to visit?

Short Essay Questions

1. What leads up to Henny's death?

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

3. How is Henny replaced?

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

5. What happens after Sam gets the anonymous letter?

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

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

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

9. What does the anonymous letter Sam receives say?

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

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

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?

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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