Tarzan of the Apes Test | Mid-Book 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. In Chapter 11, what additional item does Tarzan find in the cabin?

2. What does Tarzan keep telling Clayton to do about the lion?

3. What is the name the great apes have for an elephant?

4. About how old is Kala?

5. How does Kala die?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Lord Greystoke witness on the ship and what does Black Michael say is to be his fate?

2. What is Lord Greystoke told by a crew member and what does he do with this information?

3. In Chapter 3, what happens when the ship reaches land and what do the Greystokes do immediately?

4. What does Tarzan do in Kulonga’s hut in the village and how do the villagers react?

5. How does Tarzan kill a gorilla, how does the gorilla injure Tarzan and how does Tarzan recover?

6. How do Tarzan and Clayton get back to the cabin fast when they hear a gunshot?

7. How is Jane saved from the lioness trying to get into the cabin?

8. Why is Lord Greystoke in Africa and what kind of man does the narrator say he is?

9. Why does Tarzan decide to kill a lioness and what happens in his first attempt in Chapter 8?

10. How does Tarzan save Clayton’s life two times in Chapter 14?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two.

What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven or action driven? Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why? Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character are developed to the same degree? Why or why not? What type of plot do you think Tarzan of the Apes is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

At the end of Tarzan and the Apes, Tarzan returns to the jungle. Discuss Tarzan’s reasons for returning to the jungle. Do you think his decision was a reasonable one? Would you have made the same decision? Use examples from the book to support your response.

Essay Topic 3

Tarzan often reflects on the differences he sees between jungle creatures and civilized men. Discuss Tarzan’s opinions of jungle creatures versus men and how they live. Use examples from the book to support your response.

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