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Water for Elephants Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Sara Gruen
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Jacob lament about his current circumstances?



2. What job is Jacob given next, after Camel decides his first job with the circus was beneath him?



3. What is the only thing Jacob is able to take from his parents' home?



4. What problem does this announcement cause for August?



5. What song does Jacob hear being played as the stampede begins?



Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Jacob has too much to drink?



2. Why does Jacob become angry with Rosemary, one of his nurses at the assisted-living center?



3. What does elderly Jacob learn about Rosemary that upsets him?



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



5. Where is Jacob living in his old age?



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



7. What does Jacob complain to the nurse about?



8. How does August react to Marlena's injuries?



9. What does Jacob witness when he goes in search of Marlena?



10. Who does Jacob see commit the murder mentioned in the prologue?



Essay Topics

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?

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?

Discuss setting. What is the setting of this novel? How does the setting of this novel directly affect the actions and behaviors of the characters? What is most significant about the setting in this novel? Why do you think the author chose this setting for her novel? Would the novel's plot work if the setting had been different, such as set in the future or the more immediate past? Why or why not?

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