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The Fifth Child Questions
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What is the name of the maternal figure in this story?
-- The paternal figure?
Where do Harriet and David meet?
-- How many children did Harriet carry?
-- Name the children in order in which they were born.
Luke Helen Jane Paul Ben
What were the names of Harriet's 2 younger sisters?
Sarah and Angela
What was the name of Sarah's husband?
What was wrong with Sarah's 4th child, Amy?
What did Harriet call Sarah's 4 child?
-- A "Mongol" child
-- " baby Genghis Khan"
What did Harriet say caused Sarah to have a "Mongol" child?
Harriet said Sarah had a "Mongol" child because Sarah and William were fighting all the time.
What was the name of David's schoolgirl cousin in which had a unhappy complicated family life as well as took to spending holidays with the Lovatts?
Name 3 things in which people called Ben.
Did Ben look normal when he was born?
-- he had greeny-yellow eyes, was thick and heavy, and even had pads of muscle on his palms.
Who said, "I'm not going to let you destroy us, I'm not going to let you destroy me...?"
-- Who was this addressed to?
Towards the end of the book, where did Luke and Helen go?
What did Harriet say was the reason they had Ben?
They were being punished. She said for presuming and thinking they could be happy.
What was Harriet's mothers name?
The Lovatts liked to host house party's such as Christmas and Easter.
What was the name of the "most envied gang in school" in which not only drop-outs wanted to be a part of?
Ben Lovatt's Gang
David Lovatt's parents were happily married.
David Lovatt's parents were divorced.
What are the names of David's biological parents?
-- Who was his mother remarried to?
-- Who was his father remarried to?
Molly and James
-- Fredrick Burke
Who was the doctor that delivered all 5 of Harriet's children
What was the main problem Dorothy had while Harriet kept having babies?
She thinks they are having too many kids too quickly and questions how they will send all of them to school.
How does The Fifth Child relate to what it means to be human through its exploration of failure?
It suggests that human identity means having to accept that a degree of failure lies within all of our hopes and dreams. Harriet never envisioned that her dreams of success could resemble such a nightmare. She does not know about the future of her "alien" son. All she knows is that her son is an embodiment of her failure and one of his own.
________ is, what others might want to say, stubborn, conservative, old-fashioned. She is the mother of 5 children and the wife of David Lovatt. She shares the same dream as David; wanting many kids and living in a big house.
________ is hard to please, obsolescent, as well as conservative. He is also emotionally fastidious and obsolescent. He works as an architect.
-- Mother of Harriet who feels like a slave by taking care of the children. Throughout Harriet's pregnancies she has taken care of the children.
-- David's stepfather and Molly's second husband who is bulky in appearance and rather comfortable in style. Isn't rich like James, David's father, but a "benevolent haystacks" (in David's opinion.)
-- David's stepmother, and second wife of James. Most of the money is hers but she's happy to help David since money comes easy for them.
-- David's sister who doesn't communicate with David. Both have different opinions on ways to live. She chose to live in James's way of life (a rich life) than Molly's (working for money).
-- Harriet's sister who also needs help with her children. She's having a tough marriage which almost ended numerous times. Has a daughter named Amy with Down Syndrome.
-- Husband of Sarah, almost left her twice. Works in a poor job building trade, and is distressed by physical disability.
-- Doctor who helps Harriet during her pregnancies. Doesn't realize the difference between Ben and the children his age. He claims that Ben is normal when in reality he isn't.
-- A specialist that Harriet visit's to find out what Ben really is. She stated that the problem wasn't with Ben but with Harriet.
-- A college-aged man who helps Ben stay away from trouble by taking him around with him. Helps Ben feel like he belongs and makes sure Ben doesn't do anything bad.
-- Cousin of Fredrick, widower who came to help Dorothy. She has three grown up children and grandchildren. Her and Dorothy don't get along well but they still took care of the children.
-- Sister of Harriet and Sarah who has 3 children of her own. Feels that her sisters take up all of Dorothy leaving her with nothing.
What is the symbolism of Harriet and David's love?
This symbolizes the dream that Harriet and David shared and that's how they loved each other; through this common dream. This also causes their dream to change and turn for the worse.
"He would've been dead in a few months. Weeks, probably..."
David replied, "I thought that was the idea."
What did this quote say about David?
This quote shows that David did not care for Ben at all
and was completely fine with his own son not being
with him or on this earth anymore.
Ben killed ______ animals throughout the book and almost killed ________.
"Would he hurt Amy the way he hurt Mr. McGregor?"
What does this quote show?
This quote is an example of how the Lovatt children were scared of Ben after his actions. Sometimes they would seven lock their doors from the inside so Ben could not hurt them.
How does Ben act when he comes back from the institution and how do the children act?
It takes a while for Ben to readjust to life back home, and for his siblings to readjust to having him there. He eventually becomes as much a part of the family as he can be, learning to speak and to get along with his brothers and sisters. They, however, never fully adjust to having him around and, one by one, make arrangements to attend boarding school and/or live with their grandparents.
Does Harriet finally accept to move put of the house?
Yes, she comes to accept the inevitability of Ben being fully absorbed into his gang.
As the story ends, what is Harriet mainly thinking about?
Ben has left home and Harriet imagines him in another country, "searching the faces in the crowd for another of his own kind."
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