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. Whose safety is Jacob concerned about?

2. Elderly Jacob suffers two disappointments in chapter 19. What is the second?

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

4. Who does Jacob see beating a stampeding Rosie?

5. Why can Jacob not sit with Kinko at breakfast?

Short Essay Questions

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

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. Why did Marlena marry August?

5. What happens when Jacob goes into Chicago with August and Marlena?

6. What does Jacob discover about Rosie?

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

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

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

10. What is stolen several days in a row?

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

Discuss independence as a theme of the novel. What is independence? How does Jacob feel his independence has been taken from him? Is Jacob right in thinking this? Should a man Jacob's age have more independence or less? Why? Should Jacob be allowed to care for himself and make his own choices? If not, who should have this responsibility? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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