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. Where do the Shaman sacrifice bears?

2. What does Fevvers call Walser?

3. What kind of coat is Fevvers wearing when she visits the Duke?

4. Who does Lizzie say Walser is?

5. What is the only other creature alive?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Olga bring new hope to the women's prison camp?

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

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

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

5. In what way is freedom a major theme in book 3, chapter 4?

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

7. In what way can Lizzie be seen as a business woman?

8. What sacrifice has Walser for his freedom in book 3, chapter 4?

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

10. What does Fevvers discover about Walser in book 3, chapter 10?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Night at the Circus is mostly written in the third person. Why do you think Carter chose to write the story in the third person? How do you think the meaning of the story would of changed if it was written in the first person?Why does Carter switch to a first person point of view near the end? What does this express about Fevvers? Do you think Carter had to switch to first person to express this?

Essay Topic 2

Carter hints at problem between Russia and America as early as 1897. Using one example in the book discuss how Carter shows these problem. What do you think caused this problems? Are there still problems between the two countries today?

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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