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 song does Jacob hear being played as the stampede begins?

2. What draws Jacob to the window?

3. What makes Jacob ill in Chapter 7?

4. What does Jacob think about as he watches?

5. What punishment does August give Jacob?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. With whom does Jacob have dinner the following night?

4. What is Jacob studying in school? What are his plans after he gets his degree?

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

6. For how long has Jacob kept this secret?

7. What does Jacob agree to do for Marlena?

8. What does Camel promise Jacob?

9. What does Marlena ask Jacob about her horse?

10. Why does Jacob lose his appetite?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Marlena. Who is Marlena? Why is Marlena with the circus? Why did Marlena marry August? Does Marlena love August? Why or why not? How does Marlena feel about Jacob? How does she show this? Why does Marlena choose Jacob over August? What does Marlena hope to get from Jacob?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Jacob's family. How does the death of Jacob's parents influence his decision to join the circus as a young man? How does the fact that his son forgot it was his day to visit influence Jacob into joining the circus the second time? What does Jacob's choice say about his state of mind? What do these choices say about Jacob's feelings toward his family, both as a young man and an old man?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss young Jacob. Why does Jacob jump the circus train? Did Jacob know it was a circus train? Was Jacob looking for a job with the circus? What is Jacob looking for at the circus? Does he find it? Explain your answer.

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