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 has changed between Chapter 1 and Chapter 2?

2. Which relatives does Jacob have trouble remembering?

3. Why does Jacob help Marlena with her horse?

4. What is Jacob doing just before the stampede begins?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the doctor prescribe for Jacob?

2. For how long has Jacob kept this secret?

3. What is Jacob's one joy in the center?

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

5. How many children does Jacob have?

6. What does Jacob complain to the nurse about?

7. What does Jacob see outside the center's window?

8. What does Marlena ask Jacob about her horse?

9. What attacks Jacob later that night?

10. With whom does Jacob have dinner the following night?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss independence as a theme of the novel. What is independence? How does Jacob feel his independence has been taken from him? Is Jacob right in thinking this? Should a man Jacob's age have more independence or less? Why? Should Jacob be allowed to care for himself and make his own choices? If not, who should have this responsibility? Why?

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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