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 Peter increasingly becoming?

2. Who does Jerry abhor?

3. What does Peter's company work on?

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

5. Why does he have to go this distance?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the play end?

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

3. Why does Jerry say that he does not need to have a picture of a girl in two frames?

4. What does Peter wonder about, nervously?

5. What does Jerry realize in this part of the play as he is talking to Peter?

6. What happened to Jerry's mother?

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

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

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

10. Where is the dog waiting for Jerry when he arrives back at the rooming house?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Peter does not understand Jerry's dog story.

Part 1) How dos Jerry react to Peter's lack of understanding?

Part 2) What has happened to their building discord at this point in the play? Why?

Part 3) What does Peter' lack of understanding Jerry's life represent?

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 playwright purposely has Jerry befriend a dog.

Part 1) Why does the playwright do this?

Part 2) To what will this friendship lead? Why does Jerry believe this?

Part 3) What does the playwright believe will happen to someone without love? Why might he believe this?

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