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. How does Jerry get to the Village?

2. Who cries all the time, according to Jerry?

3. What does he think about the landlady?

4. What does Peter's company work on?

5. What does Jerry wonder?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the result of the process that Jerry concocts?

2. What is Peter's state of emotions when he realizes he has been listening to a crazy story for such a long time?

3. For how long does Jerry feed the dog? Why does he do this?

4. What does Jerry tell Peter to do as he is listening to the story?

5. Where does Peter incorrectly assume that Jerry lives?

6. How does the landlady react to Jerry's attempt on the dog's life?

7. What does Jerry do to harm the dog?

8. What does Peter answer when Jerry asks him if he has children?

9. What is Jerry's explanation for how he has arrived at the park?

10. How does Jerry feel when returning from a movie?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Jerry is talking about the dog, but he is also trying to compare his relationship with the dog to the relationship between Peter and himself. When Jerry is desperate to know if the dog would be kind to him, he is actually talking to Peter. Do you think Peter realizes this? Why or why not? If Peter does realize this, do you think this changes his opinion of Jerry? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Though Jerry says that he does not like to talk to people much, it seems that his actions go against his words. Why do you think the Jerry felt the need to talk to Peter? What do you think drew Jerry to Peter and what kept him there in the conversation? The fact that he doesn't sit down until the very end seems to indicate that Jerry isn't comfortable, so why did he stick around?

Essay Topic 3

The setting of the play is Central Park in New York, but it seems that the setting could be a character as well. What function does the setting play in this play? How does it affect the action that takes place? How does the park provide the best setting for the conversations to take place? Is there another setting that would be been better? Why or why not?

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