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. Which meal is Merrick being served the first time the nurse comes to meet him?

2. What does Treves tell Merrick is the one thing that will make him happy during his stay in the hospital?

3. After riding on the train, what other mode of transportation does Merrick take back to London?

4. How much money has Merrick saved since starting work with Ross?

5. Which of the following best describes Treves' voice as he describes the Elephant Man to the audience during a lecture?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mrs. Kendal feel about the model Merrick is working on?

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

3. Who is Mrs. Sandwich?

4. Who are the pinheads?

5. Why does Ross think it is unfair for Merrick to continue living with Treves?

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

7. How are the pinheads involved in Merrick's death?

8. What information about his mother does Merrick give to Mrs. Kendal upon their first meeting?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The church that Merrick is designing has huge symbolic significance in his life. Explain what the church represents both physically and spiritually to Merrick. Then, explain how the construction of the church mirrors the growth Merrick experiences throughout the course of the play.

Essay Topic 2

There is much argument at the end of the novel as to whether or not Merrick wanted, and chose, to die. Explain the arguments for both sides of the debate, citing evidence presented in the text, and then explain which argument you side with and why.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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