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. What is happening as the play opens?

2. What is obvious about the two men?

3. What does Jerry realize that he has yet to do?

4. Why does he do this, every once in awhile?

5. Where did Peter read about the situation referred to in question 31?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Jerry ask Peter about his family?

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

3. How is Jerry increasingly making Peter feel? Why?

4. How does Jerry want to kill the dog?

5. What does Peter do as his job?

6. How does Peter end up on one side of the bench?

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

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

9. Describe Jerry and his appearance in the play.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The theme of animals occurs sporadically throughout the play.

Part 1) Describe when it is first mentioned.

Part 2) Describe two other times it is mentioned. How does it enhance the story?

Part 3) How do these animal qualities relate to these two characters and to people, in general?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

There are several poignant lines in this play.

Part 1) Give two examples.

Part 2) What do these lines do to the audience?

Part 3) What does the audience want to know, from hearing these lines?

(see the answer keys)

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