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. Who does Merrick consider his best friend, and the one visitor whose time he most appreciates?

2. How does the nurse react to Merrick the first time she sees him?

3. Which book did Merrick study as a child?

4. Which of the following adjectives does Mrs. Kendal use to describe the perspective from the Prince of Wales' private theater seats?

5. Which of the following animals knocked Merrick's mother over while she was visiting a circus?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Treves' first lecture about the Elephant Man's deformities interrupted?

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

4. In what ways does role reversal come into play when Treves has a dream about the freak show?

5. Why does Ross come to visit Merrick in the hospital?

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

7. What event is happening outside of Merrick's window when a talkative nursing attendant brings Merrick his lunch upon the completion of Merrick's model church?

8. What happens when Treves is finally enlightened and thinks of something worthwhile that he would like to print in the letter to the editor?

9. During Merrick's dream, why and how do the pinheads return?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the course of the novel, many characters realize the errors of their ways and attempt to repent for their sins. Choose two characters that have "seen the light" of their sins and describe their reactions to this enlightenment. Then, explain how the process of repenting changed, or did not change, the characters involved.

Essay Topic 2

The nature of "freak shows" and traveling circuses are explored in the opening scenes of the play. Briefly describe the settings of the freak shows and the way the managers treat their "freak" employees. How does the microcosm of freak shows act as a symbol for the way the entire world views "freaks"?

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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