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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 dies?
2. Who has a fist fight?
3. What is redlighted?
4. What does Jacob beg Marlena not to do?
5. Who does Jacob want to see?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does August react to Marlena's surprise?
2. What warning does Jacob receive that something might happen during the show that night?
3. What happens when Rosie is forced to participate in the Grand Spec before she is prepared?
4. What does Uncle Al use to increase ticket sales?
5. What does elderly Jacob learn about Rosemary that upsets him?
6. What does Jacob discover about Rosie?
7. Why is the train raided in Poughkeepsie?
8. What happens when Jacob goes into Chicago with August and Marlena?
9. Why did Marlena marry August?
10. What happens after Jacob and Marlena escape the club?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What causes the stampede at the end of the novel? Is the stampede begun intentionally? How does Uncle Al die? Did this happen because of the stampede? Why is no one ever punished for Uncle Al's death? How are the stampede and the deaths of Uncle Al and August an example of circus life? Are these good examples? Would these deaths have occurred in another job or situation? Explain your answer.
Essay Topic 2
Discuss Prohibition. What is Prohibition? Why was it enacted? How does it affect the common man? How does pPohibition play a role in this novel? Who is directly affected by Prohibition? Who is indirectly affected? Why do you think the author chose to set her novel during prohibition? How would the novel be different if the author had set the story in a different era? Whose life would have been different? Why?
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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