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. What compromise does August come up with for Rosie?

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

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

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

5. What does Jacob do that causes Marlena to leave him alone in an alley?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Jacob use to pay the doctor?

4. What does Jacob discover about Rosie?

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

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

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

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

9. How does August react to Marlena's injuries?

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

Essay Topics

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 Jacob's family. How does the death of Jacob's parents influence his decision to join the circus as a young man? How does the fact that his son forgot it was his day to visit influence Jacob into joining the circus the second time? What does Jacob's choice say about his state of mind? What do these choices say about Jacob's feelings toward his family, both as a young man and an old man?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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