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. Who does Jacob see beating a stampeding Rosie?

2. Why is the train raided in Poughkepsie?

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

4. What does August want Jacob to tell him?

5. Who breaks up the fight?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why are Camel and Walter thrown from the train?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why did Marlena marry August?

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

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?

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