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. Which of the following adjectives does Mrs. Kendal use to describe how she imagines Merrick?

2. Which character does Gomm jokingly refer to as Jesus?

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

4. Where does Ross take Merrick to work after leaving London?

5. After Mrs. Kendal leaves, how does Merrick respond to their first meeting?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Merrick react to the pinheads when he first meets them?

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

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

4. During the dream, what does Gomm say about Treves that echoes back to his statements about Treves in the opening of the play?

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

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

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

8. Who is Mrs. Sandwich?

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

10. During his analysis of Treves' body, what realization does Merrick make about Treves' head?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Elephant Man is described in the first few scenes of the play as having extreme deformities, which Treves describes at great detail for his audience. Briefly describe the deformities that the Elephant Man suffers from and why he received the nickname that he did.

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

Merrick's death has particular significance in that the pinheads were involved in it. Explain how the pinheads urged Merrick to his death and what the symbolic importance of the pinheads' involvement in the death is.

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