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. Who does Peter consider to be the finer writer when Jerry gives him a choice?

2. Why does he have to go this distance?

3. About what does Jerry wonder why Peter did not ask?

4. Where does Peter live?

5. Jerry has two pictures frames. What's odd about this?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Peter feel about Jerry's musings?

2. Describe Peter and his appearance in the play.

3. What does Jerry talk about after telling Peter why he went to the zoo?

4. Describe the characters at the rooming house.

5. How much does Peter make at his job per year?

6. What does Jerry call this tragedy? How does Peter react?

7. What does Jerry do to harm the dog?

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

9. What does Peter threaten to do if Jerry does not leave his bench?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jerry becomes anxious when Peter says that he needs to return home, sitting down for the first time during the play. Why is Jerry anxious about Peter leaving? Give three reasons why Jerry might want Peter to stay. Why does Jerry sit down at this point of the play? What does this signify to the audience and to Peter?

Essay Topic 2

Jerry begins to tickle and to punch Peter as he is trying to leave. Why does Jerry choose these forms of interaction with Peter? Do these actions have anything to do with what Jerry was studying at the zoo? Why or why not? What else could Jerry have done to get the attention of Peter and to make him stay longer?

Essay Topic 3

The men formally greet one another after an already lengthy and intimate conversation.

Part 1) Of what does this remind the audience?

Part 2) Why do they introduce themselves at this point?

Part 3) What is the significance of this introduction?

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