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. At which theatrical theater does the Prince of Wales own his own boxed seat?

2. Who does Ross have to draw a contract with in order to show Merrick on the streets?

3. How does Treves spread the word that he is searching for charitable donations to care for Merrick?

4. As the police are searching his belongings, what word does Merrick croak over and over?

5. Which of the following does Treves NOT accuse the caller of using to alter The Elephant Man's appearance?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In the letter to the editor, what does Treves add about Merrick?

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

4. What sales pitch does Ross use to entice passersby into the Elephant Man's tent?

5. How does Merrick feel about the attention he is receiving for his artistic abilities?

6. After Merrick has returned to his room, what does Treves divulge to the audience about his emotions in sending Mrs. Kendal away?

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

8. Why is the porter fired from working at the hospital?

9. During Ross and Merrick's argument about returning to work together, how do the two men taunt each other?

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

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

Toward the end of his life, Merrick becomes almost obsessed with reading the bible and some of the passages in it. Describe Merrick's relationship with the bible and explain why he rereads the same passages over and over. Finally, explain what two of the passages from the bible that Merrick reads mean to him during his life, while he is alive.

Essay Topic 3

Many of the characters in the play seem to feel a moral obligation to care for Merrick. This moral obligation could arise from religious views or other personality traits. Choose two characters who feel drawn to care for Merrick and explain the reasons behind their moral obligations. How does this obligation affect each of the character's relationships with the man they first set out to help?

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