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. Where does young Jacob take Marlena the morning after their fights with August?

2. What surprise does Marlena arrange for August?

3. Why is the train raided in Poughkepsie?

4. Who does Jacob want to see?

5. What does Jacob beg Marlena not to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why did Marlena marry August?

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

6. What is stolen several days in a row?

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

8. Who becomes ill, forcing Jacob to examine him?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who is Rosie? Why is Rosie important to the plot? Why does it take so long for people to figure out that Rosie speaks Polish? Why does Rosie speak Polish? How does learning this change the way Rosie is treated? How does August treat Rosie? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss August. Who is August? What kind of person is August? What does August do to cause Jacob to fear him? What does Jacob learn about August that helps him understand August's odd behavior? What does August do to Rosie? How does Rosie respond?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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