Water for Elephants Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

Sara Gruen
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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 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

Essay Topic 1

Discuss marriage and infidelity. August believes Marlena is unfaithful. How does this belief change the way August treats his wife? Why? Who does August believe Marlena is having an affair with? Is she? What defines infidelity? Under your definition Jacob and Marlena having an affair? Explain your answer using evidence from the novel.

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

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?

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