Nights at the Circus Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 does Walser call Olga?

2. What does Lizzie think Fevvers is trying to be?

3. What does the Duke offer Fevvers a drink of?

4. How many elephants are alive at the train crash in this chapter?

5. Who does Fevvers call to hold the outlaw down?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the Siberian tribes people believe about an expecting mother?

2. How does Fevvers greed blind her to her problems in book 2 chapter 11?

3. What is the only thing Carter presents as Walser being able to use to rediscover himself?

4. Describe Fevvers condition in book 2, chapter 11.

5. What does Lizzie state is her opinion is of Walser in book 3, chapter 1?

6. What differences does book 3, chapter 7 highlight between Lizzie and Fevvers?

7. How does Carter express Walser's gradual character transition in book 3, chapter 3?

8. Why have the outlaws been banished?

9. Describe the clowns performance in book 2, chapter 10.

10. Why do you think Buffo cannot continue to be a clown?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare Fevvers and Walser.

1) What is their relationship with other circus folk?

2) What are the similarities and dissimilarities?

3) Do you think they are the perfect match?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the novel's chronological setting.

1) What were the main concerns during the late 19th century. How does Carter express these concerns?

2) In what ways do you think the novels meaning would change if it was set in today's society?

Essay Topic 3

The novel is set in St. Petersburg.

1) What meaning does St. Petersburg bring to the novel? What would you automatically presume about a novel that was set in St. Petersburg?

2) How different do you think today's St. Petersburg is to the St. Petersburg in the novel? How do you think the novel's meaning would change if it were set in today's St. Petersburg?

3) How do you think the setting contributes to the novel playful,but at times sad atmosphere?

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