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. What person in Jacob's life has recently died?

2. Why does Jacob help the barker?

3. Where does Jacob sleep his first night in his new sleeping quarters?

4. Why does Camel drink jake?

5. Who is to be Jacob's roommate in his new sleeping quarters?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the significance of Stars and Stripes Forever in the circus?

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

5. What treat does Rosemary sneak onto Jacob's breakfast tray?

6. What does Camel promise Jacob?

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

8. How many children does Jacob have?

9. Why does Jacob not wish to sit at his regular table at mealtime?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Why does Jacob decide to join the circus as a young man? Why does Jacob again choose to join the circus as an old man? What does Jacob, both young and old, hope to achieve by joining the circus? What does the circus mean to Jacob? Is joining the circus as an old man only about nostalgia? Why or why not?

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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