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. What does Jacob do to irritate August when they stop that night?

2. What is the menagerie tent?

3. Who is Uncle Al?

4. Who is August, the man Marlena is speaking to in the prologue?

5. What does the barker do to reward Jacob?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How many children does Jacob have?

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

4. For how long has Jacob kept this secret?

5. What does Jacob complain to the nurse about?

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

7. What is the emergency that causes the band to play Stars and Stripes Forever?

8. What does the doctor prescribe for Jacob?

9. What does Jacob see outside the center's window?

10. What is a cooch show?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who is Kinko? Why does Kinko dislike Jacob in the beginning? Why is Kinko so distrusting of people? How does Kinko's stature affect his attitude toward the world in general? Toward Jacob in particular? What changes Kinko's opinion of Jacob? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Uncle Al. Why does Uncle Al want an elephant? How does an elephant elevate the status of the circus? Why does Uncle Al refuse to pay his workers? Why do the workers not leave? Why does Uncle Al want Marlena and August to stay together? Why does Uncle Al force Jacob to promise to bring Marlena and August back together? What does Uncle Al threaten to do if Jacob does not help bring Marlena and August back together?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss August. Who is August? What kind of person is August? What does August do to cause Jacob to fear him? What does Jacob learn about August that helps him understand August's odd behavior? What does August do to Rosie? How does Rosie respond?

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