Essay Topic 1
Ivan is the narrator of the story. Why do you think the author chose to have him tell the story instead of writing it from a human’s perspective? What do we learn from Ivan’s point of view that we might not learn had the story been told from a human’s point of view?
Essay Topic 2
How do Ivan’s emotions change throughout the course of the book? What do you think causes this change? Why do you think the picture of the angry gorilla on the mall billboard bothers Ivan? Do you think Ivan changes his mind about gorillas and anger? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
Do you think Ivan is lonely? Why or why not? Who are Ivan’s best friends? Why are these friendships important to Ivan?
Essay Topic 4
Why is Ivan’s art important to him? Describe how art...
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