1. What did Josef do for a living?
Like his father, Josef worked for a small village circus in a nearby village. He was a trainer of animals, especially elephants.
2. Who was born on the same day that Bram was born?
Shortly after Bram was born, his father could hear the sound of trumpet. When he hurried out to the barn, he discovered that an elephant had given birth nearly at the same time that Bram was born.
3. Why did Josef fear Herr Gobel?
Josef feared Herr Gobel. Gobel was an old man set in his ways. Anything that happened out of the ordinary would change Gobel into an intolerable person. If displeased, Gobel could have fired Josef at any time .
4. Why was Josef especially suited to train Modoc?
Josef's whole family were circus folk. For the last three generations, his family had been elephant trainers. Josef had inherited all their secrets and methods which gave him the ability to make Modoc a well-trained animal.
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