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 happens to Jerry's aunt?

2. How does Jerry say that his mom died?

3. What does Jerry do on a daily basis?

4. Who cries all the time, according to Jerry?

5. Why does he have to go this distance?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Jerry quickly interrupt Peter again?

2. What does the landlady want Jerry to do for the dog?

3. What is Jerry's explanation for how he has arrived at the park?

4. What does Jerry buy in order to appeal to the dog?

5. How is Peter feeling at this point in the story? Why?

6. What happened to Jerry's mother eventually?

7. Why did Jerry go to the zoo in the first place?

8. How does Jerry calm Peter?

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

10. How does the play open?

Essay 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 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?

Essay Topic 3

Jerry runs away from danger whenever he encounters it - he runs from his landlady, he runs from the dog, etc. In doing so, what does this say about Jerry? Could he have responded in any other way? Why or why not? If Jerry wasn't always running away, how would his life be different? For example, if Jerry hadn't tried to kill the dog, but instead just tried to be friends with it, how would that have changed his relationship with the landlady? Would it have changed it at all?

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