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 call that incident?

2. Why does Peter become angry?

3. What does Jerry ask Peter?

4. What does Jerry tell Peter he will learn all about?

5. How does Peter look?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Jerry's route to the park?

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

3. How many times does Jerry repeat the process as described in #41?

4. Where does Jerry go as an orphan? What happens then?

5. Why does Peter return to Jerry's initial question about the zoo?

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

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

8. Why do the two men begin to scream at each other?

9. How does Peter feel at seeing Jerry's anger?

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 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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