Water for Elephants Test | Final 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. Who breaks up the fight?

2. What gift does August offer Jacob for his help with Rosie?

3. What has Uncle Al failed to buy for his new workers?

4. What is redlighted?

5. What does Marlena injure jumping out of Rosie's way?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does August react to Marlena's injuries?

2. What warning does Jacob receive that something might happen during the show that night?

3. What happens when Jacob has too much to drink?

4. What does elderly Jacob learn about Rosemary that upsets him?

5. Why did Marlena marry August?

6. Why is the train raided in Poughkeepsie?

7. What does Jacob use to pay the doctor?

8. What is rumored to be wrong with the elephant?

9. What is stolen several days in a row?

10. What does Jacob discover about Rosie?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Jacob's education. What is Jacob studying in school? Why does Jacob not finish his degree? How close is Jacob to being finished? Why does Jacob choose not to finish? How does Jacob's education help him get a job with the circus?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss marriage and infidelity. August believes Marlena is unfaithful. How does this belief change the way August treats his wife? Why? Who does August believe Marlena is having an affair with? Is she? What defines infidelity? Under your definition Jacob and Marlena having an affair? Explain your answer using evidence from the novel.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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