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 does Jacob lament about his current circumstances?

2. What does Jacob miss about being older?

3. What does August have the men store with the camels and zebras?

4. Can Jacob heal the horse he examines?

5. Why is Jacob removed from the dining room?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does Jacob see commit the murder mentioned in the prologue?

2. What ruins Jacob's one joy in the center?

3. Why does Jacob lose his appetite?

4. Who comes to Jacob's defense? Why?

5. What does Jacob discover about Rosie?

6. What happens after Jacob and Marlena escape the club?

7. What surprise does Marlena arrange for August after Rosie's first successful show?

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

9. What does Uncle Al use to increase ticket sales?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the death of Jacob's parents. How does this death affect Jacob? What does Jacob's parents leave their son after their deaths? How do the deaths of his parents leave Jacob's future plans irrevocably changed? Why does Jacob react to these deaths by boarding a circus train?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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