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 do Louie's siblings taunt her about?

2. Louie says Spa House is filled with __________________.

3. In what way does Colonel Willets see David Collyer's death as an opportunity?

4. Where is the house Sam finds?

5. What news does Josephine Pollit tell?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe Henny's fight with Louie.

5. How does Sam react to the birth of a new baby?

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

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

8. What does the anonymous letter Sam receives say?

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

10. What leads up to Henny's death?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Would you recommend 'The Man Who Loved Children'? For what purposes would you recommend 'The Man Who Loved Children', and to what kinds of readers would you not recommend it? What book would you recommend that would cover the same material or provide the same emotional experience in a different way?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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