Water for Elephants Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Marlena ask Jacob when they meet in Chapter 7?

2. Who is Jacob, the character introduced in the prologue?

3. What does Rosemary help Jacob do next?

4. What does August provide for himself, Marlena, and Jacob before dinner?

5. What does the barker do to reward Jacob?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Camel promise Jacob?

2. Where is Jacob living in his old age?

3. What purchase has Uncle Al made from the bankrupted circus that causes him a great deal of excitement?

4. Why is Marlena angry with August the following day?

5. What does Jacob complain to the nurse about?

6. What does Jacob agree to do for Marlena?

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

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

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

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

Who is Jacob, the elderly man? Why is Jacob living in the assisted-living center? What does Jacob feel the center has taken from him? Why does Jacob resist the help of the nurses? Why does Jacob dislike the new resident, the lawyer who claims to have brought water to elephants as a young man? Why does Jacob not believe this man's claims? How would Jacob know?

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 the theme of greed. Why is greed a theme in this novel? What characters are influenced by greed? How do the actions of these characters affect the main characters? How would this novel have progressed differently if greed were not a theme? Would the novel change drastically without the greed of certain characters? Why or why not?

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