Water for Elephants Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Sara Gruen
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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. Who is coming to visit Jacob that day?

2. Why is class interrupted?

3. Why does Jacob dislike this guest?

4. What does Jacob do to help Kinko?

5. What does the barker do to reward Jacob?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is a cooch show?

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

3. What is the emergency that causes the band to play Stars and Stripes Forever?

4. Why does Jacob lose his appetite?

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

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

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

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

9. What have Jacob's parents left to him?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

What is jake? Why does Camel drink jake rather than good alcohol? How does the setting of the novel affect Camel's decision to drink jake? What is the ultimate result of Camel's decision to drink jake? Is this ailment Camel's fault as the doctor appears to believe? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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