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 keeps track of all the gifts Merrick receives from his admirers?

2. What does Ross do with all of Merrick's savings?

3. After Merrick is handed over to the police, what do they search his belongings for?

4. What does the interrupter state about the Elephant Man putting himself on display?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Merrick despise about married men?

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

6. During the one-on-one scene that each high society member has with the audience, what does the Princess of Wales think is the similarity between her husband and Treves?

7. What insight does Merrick have about the play "Romeo and Juliet"?

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

9. How much money does Merrick save while working for Ross, and what happens to that savings?

10. Who are the pinheads?

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

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

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"?

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