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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why is elderly Jacob frightened?
2. Whose safety is Jacob concerned about?
3. Elderly Jacob suffers two disappointments in chapter 19. What is the first?
4. Where does young Jacob take Marlena the morning after their fights with August?
5. What is August suspicious of?
Essay Topic 1
Discuss Uncle Al. Why does Uncle Al want an elephant? How does an elephant elevate the status of the circus? Why does Uncle Al refuse to pay his workers? Why do the workers not leave? Why does Uncle Al want Marlena and August to stay together? Why does Uncle Al force Jacob to promise to bring Marlena and August back together? What does Uncle Al threaten to do if Jacob does not help bring Marlena and August back together?
Essay Topic 2
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?
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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