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 quickly interrupt Peter to tell him?

2. Where was Jerry's mom's body found?

3. What is obvious about the two men?

4. Where will Peter learn about this information in question 7?

5. What does Jerry further explain that there is no need to have?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Peter react at the end of the story?

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

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

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

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

6. What happened to Jerry's mother eventually?

7. Describe the two characters.

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

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

10. When Peter gets upset with Jerry about his storytelling, what does Jerry say back to him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jerry is talking about the dog, but he is also trying to compare his relationship with the dog to the relationship between Peter and himself. When Jerry is desperate to know if the dog would be kind to him, he is actually talking to Peter. Do you think Peter realizes this? Why or why not? If Peter does realize this, do you think this changes his opinion of Jerry? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Jerry seems to be a little 'off' during most of the story. Do you think that he's crazy? Why or why not? Why do you think Peter doesn't seem to be afraid of Jerry at first? What behaviors does Jerry exhibit that make him likable and sane?

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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