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Water for Elephants

Water for Elephants


by Sara Gruen

Water for Elephants: Themes (For the Most Part) Quiz Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around Water for Elephants? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. What makes it clear that Jacob thinks of Marlena and Rosie as individuals?

He shares his food with them
He refers to both of them as “she” in the prologue
He doesn’t think of them as individuals, though
Q. Marlena is trapped by what?

Her cage traps her pretty well
Rosie traps her accidentally
Her love for Jacob
Her legal marriage to August
Q. Confinement backfires how?

Rosie kills August with her stake, which is supposed to tie her down
Marlena gets all of August’s money when they get divorced
Walter wins the lottery
Al gets trapped in the cage with the lions
Q. For August, what does it mean to be a man?

Standing up for yourself and taking ownership of who you are
Defending those you love and making money
Taking ownership of others and getting what you want
Being swift as a coursing river and having all the strength of a raging fire
Q. Who doesn’t perceive suffering in Water for Elephants?

The clowns
The circus audience