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. How do things change in the house after Sam returns home?

2. Now that we have read the ending, the book's title 'The Man Who Loved Children' could be seen __________.

3. What is the state of Sam and Henny's relationship when Henny is making a gift for Cathleen?

4. What had Sam brought back from Malaysia in the crates?

5. How does Bert Anderson disappoint Henny?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Henny die?

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

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

4. What happens after Sam gets the anonymous letter?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When he is working in Malaysia, Sam tells his Naden clerk not to address him formally, but to view him as an equal. How does Sam's democratic impulse fare in the book? Is it an advantage or a disadvantage--not only to the characters' lives, but to the reader's experience? Is it a positive trait?

Essay Topic 2

The Pollits have problems inside and outside of the house. How are these two spheres related? Are the problems in one related to the problems in the other? Do they mirror, echo, follow each other? What strategies do the Pollits have for solving these problems? Do their solutions apply from one sphere to the other?

Essay Topic 3

Where is the climax of this book? Are there different climaxes? What questions does each climax resolve? What questions does each climax leave unanswered?

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