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 is the name of Treves' supervisor at the hospital?

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

3. As the police are searching his belongings, what word does Merrick croak over and over?

4. Which word does Merrick repeat over and over on the train ride back to London?

5. Which book did Merrick study as a child?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. During his analysis of Treves' body, what notes does Merrick make about Treves' left hand?

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

4. What sales pitch does Ross use to entice passersby into the Elephant Man's tent?

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

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

7. What does Merrick despise about married men?

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

9. How does Treves describe the Elephant Man to his audience during his first lecture?

10. In what ways does role reversal come into play when Treves has a dream about the freak show?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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.

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