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 Bonnie's baby?

2. What does Sam say about Ernie's character?

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

4. What does Saul Pilgrim talk about when he comes to visit?

5. What embarrasses Louie about going to school?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Saul Pilgrim's visit in June.

2. How is Henny replaced?

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

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

5. How does Henny die?

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

7. Describe the opening of the crates from Sam's trip.

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

9. Describe the children's reaction to the marlin Sam brings home.

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

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

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

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.

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