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 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

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

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 3

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?

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