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 does Clare approach her poverty?

2. What does Sam say about Louie ever leaving?

3. How does the narrator characterize the house Sam finds?

4. How does Henny escape from the house?

5. What do the twins tell Sam about Ernie?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens after Sam gets the anonymous letter?

2. What does the anonymous letter Sam receives say?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What news does Jo bring to the house?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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