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. How does learning Rosie's language help August?

2. What does Jacob discover when he returns to his room?

3. Who does Jacob and Walter decide to approach about caring for Camel?

4. Why does Jacob agree to sit at his old table?

5. How does August react when he finds Jacob and Marlena in his tent?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the train raided in Poughkeepsie?

2. What surprise does Marlena arrange for August after Rosie's first successful show?

3. What does Jacob use to pay the doctor?

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

5. What happens after Jacob and Marlena escape the club?

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

7. Why did Marlena marry August?

8. What happens when Rosie is forced to participate in the Grand Spec before she is prepared?

9. How does August react to Marlena's surprise?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What is redlighted? How is someone redlighted? Why does Uncle Al redlight his workers? Why does Uncle Al not simply fire these people? Is redlighting legal? Could this happen in modern times? Are Camel and Walter redlighted? Why? What does Jacob eventually learn happened to them? Why does Jacob not go back to look for them?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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