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. What does Treves say he would like to do with Merrick's life?

2. What name does Ross give two handicapped women whose heads rise to points?

3. What does The Princess of Wales call Merrick?

4. Which of the following best describes the Elephant Man's deformities?

5. How many policemen arrive in the streets and begin beating Ross and Merrick?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Mrs. Kendal?

3. In his letter to the editor, what does Gomm say will happen to Merrick's finances?

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

5. Why does Merrick attempt to speak with Treves about the bible?

6. What is the reaction to Mrs. Kendal's nudity in Merrick's room?

7. Why does Treves find himself having an emotional meltdown at the BIshop's feet after discussing Merrick's impending death?

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

9. Why has Treves moved to London?

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

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 3

The medical community in London has varying views on John Merrick and his condition. Choose two characters who provide opposite beliefs about John Merrick's condition and describe each side of their argument. How does the medical debate over John Merrick's condition culminate in the climax of the play?

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