The Zoo Story Test | Mid-Book 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. Of whom does Jerry speak?

2. What does Jerry say when Peter admits to being married?

3. This character is in his late-thirties and has a disheveled appearance:

4. Where will Peter learn about this information in question 7?

5. What does Jerry tell Peter about listening?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Jerry do to Peter at this point in the play? What is Peter's reaction?

2. Where does Peter assume Jerry lives? Why? What is Jerry's response?

3. Describe Jerry's parents.

4. What was Jerry's route to the park?

5. What does Jerry do to harm the dog?

6. How is Jerry bothering Peter?

7. What is Jerry's epiphany?

8. Describe the two characters.

9. How does the dog react to the action in #44?

10. What does Jerry inform Peter he will learn all about in the papers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The monologue, "The Story of Jerry and the Dog" is one that doesn't always make sense to modern readers of "The Zoo Story." In reality, however, it does have significance and certainly serves as the high point of the play. What is the purpose of this monologue? What does this monologue have to say about Jerry? What does this story teach the reader about Jerry's view of the world and his ability to solve problems? What is the point of the story?

Essay Topic 2

Jerry mentions "Reader's Digest."

Part 1) Why does Jerry mention this?

Part 2) How does Peter react to this? Why?

Part 3) What does this say about Jerry? Why?

Essay Topic 3

There is irony in the conversation the men have in the second scene.

Part 1) What does Jerry tell Peter?

Part 2) Why is it surprising?

Part 3) What is ironic about what he tells Peter, a man whose name he does not yet know?

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