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 does Jerry begin to ask Peter?

2. When did Jerry ask questions about the zoo?

3. When Jerry talks about his dead parents, he describes them as a particular vaudeville act that is playing the ______ circuit now.

4. What does Jerry begin by telling Peter about the zoo?

5. Why does Peter assume that Jerry lives in the Village?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Jerry and his appearance in the play.

3. How does Jerry treat Peter? What does he ask Peter?

4. Whose dog is the one that Jerry wants to kill?

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

6. What does Jerry list? Why does he make this list?

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

8. What does Jerry buy? What does he do with it?

9. What does Jerry provoke as he wonders why Peter wants the bench so much?

10. What does Jerry do when he sits beside Peter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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?

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