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 art form is Merrick working on when Mrs. Kennedy arrives at his home for the first time?

2. What job has Treves come to fill at the hospital?

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

4. What part of Merrick's body is Mrs.Kendal most interested in?

5. Which of the Elephant Man's features is described as being "perfectly formed"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Gomm react to the news that Lord John has stolen from Merrick?

3. How does Treves respond to Ross' call for the Elephant Man?

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Dreams play an important role in creating themes throughout the novel. Choose two dreams that appeared in the play and describe what happened in each of them. Then, explain what each dream meant to the character who had them, and how the dream worked to create a theme in the play as a whole.

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