What is the general plot of the story?
are some of the major characters of the story?
are some of the minor characters of the story?
story is written in the ___________________ point of view?
What is the setting of the story?
Analytical questions: (use clear evidence to prove your response)
What family role has Sullivan taken in the beginning of the story?
How is Sullivan playing his role and is he suitable for the role he has
Why does Sullivan’s mother feel guilty for asking Sullivan’s help?
How does Sullivan feel about his mother? Does he need her or finds her a
How do you think Sullivan feels about going to school?
Can you show any evidence of Sullivan having any early childhood
Is there any evidence that Sullivan fears that his mother would die?
8. Give some evidence that Sullivan is torn between being a child and a grown up? (being irresponsible/ being responsible)
What promise does Sullivan make to the church and why can he not fulfill
What family role does the mother play at the beginning of the story and
does this role change at the end?
What is Sullivan’s first name?
“I wasn’t a malicious child, by any means, but I liked to be able to
take out my comforts and study them by the light of other’s misfortunes.”
What does Sullivan mean by this statement?
“Write it down,” I said. “If I haven’t it written down, I might
forget it. And put “strong” in big letters. What will I get for dinner?
does Sullivan order his mother to write down her requests and why does Sullivan
decide on eggs? What can you say about Sullivan’s tone of voice?
3. When Sullivan passes his school on the way to the chemist he says, “I went up a short distance and stood there for ten minutes in quiet contemplation.”
continues by saying, “I could have stood there all day. Of al the profound and
simple pleasures of those days, that was the richest.”
do you think Sullivan is contemplating about and why does he talk about school
as if it is a thing of the past?
Why does Sullivan regret that he did not ask the man at the pub for half
a crown? Who gave him the idea and why did he not ask at that time?
Why was Sullivan upset when the doctor says, “We don’t mind them when
we have them,’ he added, to my mother ‘and then we spend the rest of our
lives regretting it.”
does the doctor mean by this and why did Sullivan hope that the doctor had not
said such a thing?
‘She might have consumption,’ she said thoughtfully. ‘That’s what
my sister that died last year had. This is a tonic for my other sister. She has
to have tonics all the time. Is it nice where you live?’
is the little girl’s impression of illness and death? Does she think tonics
“I have a penny,” I said boastfully?
does Sullivan announce his wealth?
Why is Sullivan swept into the temptation of drinking up the cough
Why does Sullivan cry when he drinks up all the cough mixture? Who does
Why did the sunlight, that Sullivan felt would have made him happy later
become a dark, “vast, alien, cruel world.”
Why did Sullivan tell the truth to his mother even though he first says,
“He lost the medicine”? Why did he not take the girl’s advice and lie?
What do you think is the significance of the cathedral and what Sullivan
hoped to do on his way back? Why does Sullivan feel guilty that he had spent his
one-penny on sweets and not to light a candle for the Virgin Mary?
Innocence lost can never be gained. How true is this statement in the story “Man of the House?”
are very sensitive towards how the adults around them see and treat them.
Using the story “Man of the House” show how this statement is true.
seem to emulate their parents and behave according to how their parents
behave towards them. How true is this statement in the story “Man of the
The lack of a father figure affects the emotional growth of a child. How is this shown in the story “Man of the House”?
A child brought up in a fragmented family will face difficulty growing up? How true is this statement in the story “Man of the House”?