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. What does Uncle Al want Rosie to do during the show?

2. How does Uncle Al use this death to increase ticket sales?

3. Who has a fist fight?

4. Elderly Jacob suffers two disappointments in chapter 19. What is the first?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is stolen several days in a row?

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

3. What does Uncle Al want young Jacob to do in the aftermath of Marlena's choice to leave August?

4. What does Jacob discover about Rosie?

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

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

7. What does Uncle Al use to increase ticket sales?

8. Why is the train raided in Poughkeepsie?

9. How does Jacob convince Uncle Al to keep August from Marlena?

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

Why does Jacob not talk about his time with the circus when he is old and living in the assisted-living center? Is Jacob ashamed of his past? What is Jacob attempting to hide? Why does Jacob finally tell his story to a stranger, but a stranger who lives with a circus? What is it about the man's job that makes Jacob trust him? What does this say about the culture of the traveling circus?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Marlena. Who is Marlena? Why is Marlena with the circus? Why did Marlena marry August? Does Marlena love August? Why or why not? How does Marlena feel about Jacob? How does she show this? Why does Marlena choose Jacob over August? What does Marlena hope to get from Jacob?

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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