Water for Elephants Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Sara Gruen
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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. Who reluctantly helps Jacob with Marlena's horse?

2. Who is Marlena, the woman Jacob is looking for in the prologue?

3. Who finds bath water for Jacob?

4. Where does Jacob meet up with Marlena the next morning in Chapter 7?

5. Who owns the sick horse Jacob is to examine in Chapter 6?

Short Essay Questions

1. What animal does Jacob notice missing from the circus' group of exotic animals?

2. What treat does Rosemary sneak onto Jacob's breakfast tray?

3. What is a cooch show?

4. Who is Jacob's roommate? What is the source of tension between these two?

5. What does Uncle Al think of Jacob when he interviews him?

6. What does Jacob conclude about Marlena's horse?

7. What does Camel promise Jacob?

8. Who does Jacob meet the next morning on the circus train?

9. What purchase has Uncle Al made from the bankrupted circus that causes him a great deal of excitement?

10. How does Jacob get a job working security for the cooch show that night?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who is Jacob, the elderly man? Why is Jacob living in the assisted-living center? What does Jacob feel the center has taken from him? Why does Jacob resist the help of the nurses? Why does Jacob dislike the new resident, the lawyer who claims to have brought water to elephants as a young man? Why does Jacob not believe this man's claims? How would Jacob know?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Jacob's education. What is Jacob studying in school? Why does Jacob not finish his degree? How close is Jacob to being finished? Why does Jacob choose not to finish? How does Jacob's education help him get a job with the circus?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the death of Jacob's parents. How does this death affect Jacob? What does Jacob's parents leave their son after their deaths? How do the deaths of his parents leave Jacob's future plans irrevocably changed? Why does Jacob react to these deaths by boarding a circus train?

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