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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 do Walter and Jacob hide Camel in the meantime?
2. Who is Jacob told has become ill?
3. Who is caught stealing lemonade?
4. What does Jacob do while in this tent?
5. Whose safety is Jacob concerned about?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Jacob use to pay the doctor?
2. What is stolen several days in a row?
3. What does Uncle Al use to increase ticket sales?
4. What warning does Jacob receive that something might happen during the show that night?
5. Why is the train raided in Poughkeepsie?
6. Why did Marlena marry August?
7. What does Uncle Al want young Jacob to do in the aftermath of Marlena's choice to leave August?
8. What happens when Jacob goes into Chicago with August and Marlena?
9. How does Jacob convince Uncle Al to keep August from Marlena?
10. Who becomes ill, forcing Jacob to examine him?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss marriage and infidelity. August believes Marlena is unfaithful. How does this belief change the way August treats his wife? Why? Who does August believe Marlena is having an affair with? Is she? What defines infidelity? Under your definition Jacob and Marlena having an affair? Explain your answer using evidence from the novel.
Essay Topic 2
Discuss Uncle Al. Why does Uncle Al want an elephant? How does an elephant elevate the status of the circus? Why does Uncle Al refuse to pay his workers? Why do the workers not leave? Why does Uncle Al want Marlena and August to stay together? Why does Uncle Al force Jacob to promise to bring Marlena and August back together? What does Uncle Al threaten to do if Jacob does not help bring Marlena and August back together?
Essay Topic 3
Why does Jacob not talk about his time with the circus when he is old and living in the assisted-living center? Is Jacob ashamed of his past? What is Jacob attempting to hide? Why does Jacob finally tell his story to a stranger, but a stranger who lives with a circus? What is it about the man's job that makes Jacob trust him? What does this say about the culture of the traveling circus?
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