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. Where does Treves first meet the Elephant Man?

2. What does Treves think is happening to Merrick's physical condition the more he is accepted into normal society?

3. With whom does Treves think it is important for Merrick to form relationships?

4. How does Merrick describe his mother to Mrs. Kendal?

5. Which of the following words does Mrs. Kendal use to describe Merrick's insights into life and love?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Merrick react to the news that Lord John has stolen money from him?

2. How does Merrick sleep at night, and why?

3. How does Mrs. Kendal respond to Treves' proposal that she befriend Merrick?

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

5. As Merrick is meeting with the Bishop, what discussion of Merrick's impending death do Gomm and Treves have?

6. How does Merrick spend the few moments directly before he dies?

7. During their argument about Heaven, what reasons does Treves give Merrick for sending Mrs. Kendal away?

8. What does Merrick despise about married men?

9. How does Gomm react to the news that Lord John has stolen from Merrick?

10. How does Treves assure that Merrick can stay in the hospital as long as he desires?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, John Merrick endures the abuses of many outside forces. Choose two abusers who deeply impacted John Merrick's life, describe their abuses, and then describe Merrick's reaction to the abuse. How does Merrick's reaction to the abuse give the reader deeper insight into his character?

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

Money is an element in the play that has negative connotations, as a corrupter and something that is commonly mishandled. Describe one character who has been corrupted by the drive for money, and one character who mishandles the money they have to grievous consequences. Then, compare / contrast which financial sin has a darker force in John Merrick's life.

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