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. Why does elderly Jacob become annoyed when Rosemary wakes him?

2. What does this guest claim to have done as a young person?

3. What is Jacob's one pleasure at the assisted-living center?

4. What does Uncle Al order be done with Jacob?

5. Who is kind to Jacob despite his foul mood at dinner?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Jacob discover about Rosie?

3. Where does Jacob go after walking out on his final exams?

4. Why is Marlena angry with August the following day?

5. How does August react to Marlena's surprise?

6. What is jake? Why does Camel drink it?

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

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

9. What warning does Jacob receive that something might happen during the show that night?

10. Where is Jacob living in his old age?

Essay 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 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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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