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. Why does Sam dislike alcohol in his house?

2. What do Sam and Henny discover when David Collyer's will is read?

3. What does Sam get the children excited about?

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

5. What does Sam propose to Bonnie?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What news does Jo bring to the house?

5. Describe Saul Pilgrim's visit in June.

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

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

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

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

10. Describe Miss Aiden's visit.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How are we to take the murder at the end of 'The Man Who Loved Children'? Is this a crime Louie will lament for the rest of her days? Was it somehow self-defense? Was it an uncomfortable authorial imposition on a narrative that wasn't ending neatly?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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