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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
  • London Hospital


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?

  • Sam Torr
  • Sam Roper
  • Bertram Dooley


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
  • Elephas Sapien


Joseph Merrick was eventually passed off to what showman?

  • P.T. Barnum
  • Sam Roper
  • Tom Norman


Tom Norman commented on the reactions of the freakshop audiences, saying that while "they could not have admired his appearance, none could doubt his"?

  • "spirit"
  • "cheerfulness"
  • "strength"


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?

  • Luigi Sangineto
  • Joe Ferrari
  • John Cabani


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?

  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Paris, France
  • Nuremberg, Germany


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)?

  • The attic
  • Two basement rooms
  • A single room on the second floor


At Treves' instruction, Joseph Merrick's room contained none of which item?

  • Carpets
  • Windows
  • Mirrors


As Treves spent time speaking with Joseph Merrick, the doctor discovered that despite his deformities, Merrick did NOT suffer what disability?

  • Difficulty walking
  • Mental impairment
  • 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?

  • Books
  • His imagination
  • The opinions of others


What was Joseph Merrick's attitude toward women?

  • Fear
  • Admiration
  • Hatred


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?

  • Theatre
  • Tower of London
  • Buckingham Palace


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
  • Leila Manturin
  • Actress Madge Kendal


Though the exact cause of Joseph Merrick's condition remains unknown, the symptoms most strongly suggest what condition?

  • Proteus syndrome
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Elephantisis


Unlike neurofibromatosis, Proteus syndrome affects tissues other than what?

  • nerves
  • bone
  • skin


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
  • Asphyxia
  • Heart attack


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