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. At which theatrical theater does the Prince of Wales own his own boxed seat?

2. When Treves arrives at the police station to pick up Merrick, what does Merrick beg Treves to do?

3. Who does Ross have to draw a contract with in order to show Merrick on the streets?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Treves assure that Merrick can stay in the hospital as long as he desires?

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

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

4. Why is the porter fired from working at the hospital?

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

6. Who is Mrs. Sandwich?

7. What similarity does Treves believe he shares with Merrick?

8. How does Mrs. Kendal feel about the model Merrick is working on?

9. What argument about faith do the BIshop and Gomm get into over Merrick's medical treatment?

10. Why does Merrick attempt to speak with Treves about the bible?

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

Money is an element in the play that has negative connotations, as a corrupter and something that is commonly mishandled. Describe one character who has been corrupted by the drive for money, and one character who mishandles the money they have to grievous consequences. Then, compare / contrast which financial sin has a darker force in John Merrick's life.

Essay Topic 3

The medical community in London has varying views on John Merrick and his condition. Choose two characters who provide opposite beliefs about John Merrick's condition and describe each side of their argument. How does the medical debate over John Merrick's condition culminate in the climax of the play?

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