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 game do the clowns play in their carriage?

2. What did Fevvers give the Charivaris' children the previous day?

3. Who does Lizzie say Walser is?

4. What two languages can the Escapee speak?

5. What is the only other creature alive?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the women's prison camp.

2. Why have the outlaws been banished?

3. What do the character do to occupy themselves on the train ride?

4. How is the concept of space and time explored in this chapter?

5. What is happening to Fevvers in book 3, chapter 9?

6. What new thoughts and characteristics does book 2, chapter 9 introduce about Fevvers?

7. Describe Walser's initial meeting with the Shaman.

8. Describe the character of the Escapee.

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

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

Critically examine the negative and positive points of Nights at the Circus. Is it an accurate portrayal of late 19th century life? Does it have dramatic impact? Are the characters well drawn?

Essay Topic 3

A Night at the Circus is written in three parts. Examine the structure of the novel.

1) In what way does the first part show the importance of a child's upbringing.

2) What are the main themes of the second part of the novel?

3) How does Walser find himself in the final part of the novel? How was this theme of Walser finding himself developed in the other two sections?

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