The Elephant Man Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Bernard Pomerance
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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 Merrick react when he sees fellow freak-show performers being abused by their managers?

2. How do Ross and Merrick part ways for the final time?

3. What is the name of Treves' supervisor at the hospital?

4. Which word does Merrick repeat over and over on the train ride back to London?

5. What is Treves' subject of choice in the hospital?

Short Essay Questions

1. In his discussion about Merrick's death, what argument does Treves make about the human condition?

2. How does the Bishop feel about his prayer sessions with Merrick, and what is Treves' response to the Bishop's claim?

3. How does Treves describe the Elephant Man to his audience during his first lecture?

4. Who are the pinheads?

5. How does Treves handle the process of interviewing and hiring a nurse to care for Merrick?

6. Why does Lord John come begging for money from Treves?

7. What does Merrick despise about married men?

8. How does Merrick react to the news that he will be allowed an indefinite stay at the hospital?

9. What argument about faith do the BIshop and Gomm get into over Merrick's medical treatment?

10. Why does Treves think that Mrs. Kendall would be a nice addition to the team caring for Merrick?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Elephant Man is described in the first few scenes of the play as having extreme deformities, which Treves describes at great detail for his audience. Briefly describe the deformities that the Elephant Man suffers from and why he received the nickname that he did.

Essay Topic 2

Because the Elephant Man was such an oddity in the world, many people stood to profit from him. Choose two characters who profited from their relationship with John Merrick in the play, and then discuss how each of these characters treated the Elephant Man throughout the course of their relationship.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the text, Treves is represented as an angelic, almost spiritual entity. Describe two instances in which Treves could be compared to a religious leader and then explain how Merrick reacts to the religious symbolism in his life.

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