Water for Elephants Test | Final Test - Hard

Sara Gruen
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is August suspicious of?

2. Who is Jacob told has become ill?

3. What does Marlena injure jumping out of Rosie's way?

4. Whose safety is Jacob concerned about?

5. Who is having a party in Chapter 10?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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 setting. What is the setting of this novel? How does the setting of this novel directly affect the actions and behaviors of the characters? What is most significant about the setting in this novel? Why do you think the author chose this setting for her novel? Would the novel's plot work if the setting had been different, such as set in the future or the more immediate past? Why or why not?

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