The One and Only Ivan Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. What bothers Ivan about the ashtray sold in a nearby mall store?

2. Who is the first person to see Ivan's word?

3. What was Ivan's original name?

4. After she escapes the water hole, who helps Ruby find her family?

5. After Mack takes one of the paintings Ivan made for Ruby, what does Ivan decide to paint?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ruby's presence affect Stella?

2. Why is Ivan puzzled by the fear that most humans have of gorillas?

3. How does Ivan's appearances at the mall as a young gorilla compare to his experiences at the mall as an adult gorilla?

4. What is Ivan's plan for getting Ruby out of the mall?

5. How does Ivan console Ruby after Stella's death?

6. How does Ruby's curious and questioning nature affect Ivan?

7. How does Helen's painting inspire Ivan and what were the consequences of Ivan's attempt to create refrigerator art?

8. Why does Ivan draw?

9. What is the significance of the X's that Ivan draws on his painted jungle wall?

10. According to Ivan, how are young gorillas and young humans alike?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain what Stella’s story about Jambo reveals about gorillas. How do many humans view gorillas? According to Stella’s story, how do gorillas view humans? Based on what you have read in the book, how does Ivan view humans?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the role the claw-stick plays in the story. Compare how Mack views the use of the claw-stick with how the other characters view its use. What role does the claw-stick play in the release of the animals? How could this be described as ironic?

Essay Topic 3

Why is Ivan’s art important to him? Describe how art affects Ivan’s life during his infancy, as a young gorilla living with Mack, as an “employee” of the Big Top Mall, and as an activist for animal rights. What is significant about the art that Ivan creates at the zoo?

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