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 presume about Peter?

2. Where is the zoo?

3. Where will he learn this?

4. What does Jerry not like to do very much?

5. What can Jerry not stand to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. How will Peter learn what Jerry learned at the zoo, according to Jerry?

2. Why is Peter not interested in the pornographic cards?

3. What does Peter realize as Jerry is telling his story?

4. What does Peter do as his job?

5. What happened to the person that Jerry then moved in with?

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

7. Why did Jerry's mother do what she did in #20, according to Jerry?

8. What monologue does Jerry go into?

9. What does Jerry ask about Peter's daughters? What is Peter's response.

10. What does Jerry do after pulling out a knife? How does Peter play right into Jerry's hands?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The premise of two very different people meeting and learning from each other is not a new concept in literature. Do you think the story work have worked if Peter and Jerry were more alike? Why or why not? How do differences help them understand each other? How do differences cause them trouble?

Essay Topic 2

Jerry describes the dog in grotesque detail.

Part 1) Describe the dog.

Part 2) What or who does the dog represent?

Part 3) Why does Jerry believe he should develop a relationship with the dog?

Essay Topic 3

At one point, Jerry reminds Peter that he doesn't have to listen to him, that he is free to go whenever he chooses. Why do you think Peter stays to listen anyway? What are three possible reasons for Peter's willingness to stay and listen? What do you think Peter has to gain from listening to Jerry? What do you think Peter wants to learn from Jerry?

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