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. Merrick states that the model he is working on is a symbol for what, "flying up from the mud"?

2. Why does Treves think Mrs. Kendal might be a good friend for Merrick?

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

4. After leaving Ross, how is Merrick treated by the fellow passengers on his train ride back to London?

5. After the police beating, what does Ross tell Merrick that he "stinks of"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the outcome of Mrs. Kendal and Merrick's first meeting?

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

4. How does Treves handle the process of interviewing and hiring a nurse to care for Merrick?

5. How does Merrick respond to Ross' unexpected visit?

6. What is the symbolism of the model church that Merrick is working toward completing?

7. Who is Mrs. Kendal?

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

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

10. How does the Bishop feel about his prayer sessions with Merrick, and what is Treves' response to the Bishop's claim?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Merrick was first introduced to the audience while he was working at the freak show, his speech was almost unintelligible. Throughout the course of the novel, however, that changed. Create a time line for Merrick's speech and explain how the growth of Merrick's speech affected the way the characters in the play, and the audience, related to him as a man, and how Merrick's speech mirrors his lifelong struggle to be understood.

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

Mrs. Kendal proves to be one of the most important characters in Merrick's life. Describe the character of Mrs. Kendal and explain what lessons she taught Merrick about life and love. Finally, explain how Merrick responded to the lesson Mrs. Kendal was so keen to teach.

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