Joseph Merrick, The Elephant Man
How much do you know about the man behind the mask? Test your knowledge of this important figure in history. 30 Questions.
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Joseph Merrick was born to Joseph and Mary Jane Merrick at 50 Lee Street, Leicester on what date?
August 5, 1862
June 14, 1865
April 11, 1860
Joseph Merrick's infirmity was blamed on what superstitious notion?
He broke a mirror
His mother was frightened by an elephant
An elephant crossed his path
Joseph Merrick said that the greatest misfortune of his life occurred when he was ten years old, in what event?
His father's death
The beginning of his disease
His mother's death
After his mother's death, Joseph Merrick's father remarried to Emma Wood Antill, how did Joseph describe life with his stepmother?
"A great joy"
"A dull time"
"A perfect misery"
Joseph Merrick's first means of earning money was through what occupation?
Selling haberdashery door-to-door
Becoming a circus freak
Sweeping the streets
Because his condition made it impossible for him to work any longer, at the age of 17 Joseph Merrick was forced to seek admittance at what location?
Hinckley Union Workhouse
Leicester Union Workhouse
About halfway through his four-year stay at the workhouse, what brave and dangerous step did Joseph Merrick take?
Joined the circus
Moved to Bristol
Had the growth from his upper lip removed surgically
In 1884, hoping to escape the miserable life of the workhouse, he wrote to what local comedian?
Under the care of Sam Torr and another music hall proprietor, J. Ellis, Joseph Merrick was first put on exhibition and presented with what introduction?
The Elephant Child
The Elephant Man, Half-a-Man and Half-an-Elephant
Joseph Merrick was eventually passed off to what showman?
Tom Norman commented on the reactions of the freakshop audiences, saying that while "they could not have admired his appearance, none could doubt his"?
At this point in his life, while traveling as a part of the freakshow, what was Joseph Merrick's dream?
Travel the world
Earn enough to buy a small house and live peacably
Become a famous writer
Due to public opinion in England of freakshows being exploitations of the afflicted, and the novelty of the Elephant Man wearing thin, Joseph Merrick's management was given over to which showman?
Mr. Ferrari tried to exhibit the Elephant Man in Europe, but was met with just as much resistance as England, therefore in June 1886, he abandoned Joseph Merrick in what location?
When Joseph Merrick finally made it back to England, he was admitted to London Hospital by which doctor?
Dr. Reginald Tuckett
Sir Frederick Treves
Dr. Charles Marriott
Joseph Merrick was eventually given permanent residence in London Hospital in which room(s)?
Two basement rooms
A single room on the second floor
At Treves' instruction, Joseph Merrick's room contained none of which item?
As Treves spent time speaking with Joseph Merrick, the doctor discovered that despite his deformities, Merrick did NOT suffer what disability?
Slowness of speech
Because he was an outcast to society, many of Joseph Merrick's impressions of the the world around him came from what source?
The opinions of others
What was Joseph Merrick's attitude toward women?
When Treves brought Mrs Leila Maturin to meet Joseph Merrick, Merrick was overcome with emotion for what reason?
He was afraid
He was distressed at meeting a stranger
She was the first woman ever to smile at him
When Treves asked Joseph Merrick what he would like for Christmas, what gift did Merrick request?
A new pair of shoes.
A gentleman's dressing case.
A long coat.
One of Joseph Merrick's life-long dreams was realized when Treves took him where?
Tower of London
How did Treves describe Joseph Merrick's reaction to the theatre?
"bored and inattentive"
"awed and enthralled"
"happy and wistful"
Joseph once recieved a kit for a model church as a gift, which he built with his one good hand and gave to whom?
Sir Frederick Treves
Actress Madge Kendal
Though the exact cause of Joseph Merrick's condition remains unknown, the symptoms most strongly suggest what condition?
Unlike neurofibromatosis, Proteus syndrome affects tissues other than what?
Joseph Merrick died on what date?
July 7, 1891
May 21, 1890
April 11, 1890
When he died, Joseph Merrick was found laying down in bed - what was his cause of death?
Dislocation of the neck, from the weight of his head
What poem did Joseph Merrick quote at the end of his autobiography?
"I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" by William Wordsworth
"False Greatness" by Isaac Watts
"The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost
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