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 word does Mrs. Kendal use to describe her life on display?

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

3. After riding on the train, what other mode of transportation does Merrick take back to London?

4. What does Treves use to show the audience the Elephant Man's deformities?

5. Which of the following best describes Treves' voice as he describes the Elephant Man to the audience during a lecture?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are the pinheads involved in Merrick's death?

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

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

4. What does Treves tell Merrick about anesthetic and his patient who nearly didn't come out of it?

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

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

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

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

9. Why has Treves moved to London?

10. What does Merrick despise about married men?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the course of the play, many characters travel extreme spiritual journeys, relying heavily on the words of wisdom that the Bishop imparts on them. Choose one character who undergoes a spiritual journey and create a time line for that transformation. Then, explain how the spiritual journey relied heavily on their relationship with the Bishop and give an example of one piece of advice the Bishop bestowed upon the character.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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