Water for Elephants 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. What holds the attention of many of the assisted-living center's residents in Chapter 5?

2. Who reluctantly helps Jacob with Marlena's horse?

3. Why does Jacob take a train home?

4. Where does Jacob end up sitting to eat his dinner?

5. What does Jacob see someone do to August at the end of the prologue?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Camel promise Jacob?

2. What attacks Jacob later that night?

3. What does Jacob complain to the nurse about?

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

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

6. What does Jacob agree to do for Marlena?

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

8. What is a cooch show?

9. Why does Jacob not wish to sit at his regular table at mealtime?

10. What is the significance of Stars and Stripes Forever in the circus?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss independence as a theme of the novel. What is independence? How does Jacob feel his independence has been taken from him? Is Jacob right in thinking this? Should a man Jacob's age have more independence or less? Why? Should Jacob be allowed to care for himself and make his own choices? If not, who should have this responsibility? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the theme of greed. Why is greed a theme in this novel? What characters are influenced by greed? How do the actions of these characters affect the main characters? How would this novel have progressed differently if greed were not a theme? Would the novel change drastically without the greed of certain characters? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Who is Rosie? Why is Rosie important to the plot? Why does it take so long for people to figure out that Rosie speaks Polish? Why does Rosie speak Polish? How does learning this change the way Rosie is treated? How does August treat Rosie? Why?

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