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. Louie says Spa House is filled with __________________.

2. What is Henny's response to the events of mid summer?

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

4. How does Clare approach her poverty?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Henny replaced?

2. What leads up to Henny's death?

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

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

5. What does the anonymous letter Sam receives say?

6. What news does Jo bring to the house?

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

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

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

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

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

'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 3

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.

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