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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 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?

Essay Topic 2

The theme of animals occurs sporadically throughout the play.

Part 1) Describe when it is first mentioned.

Part 2) Describe two other times it is mentioned. How does it enhance the story?

Part 3) How do these animal qualities relate to these two characters and to people, in general?

Essay Topic 3

Jerry seems to have a negative view of those around him in his life. The people at the rooming house with him seem to be dark and ugly, but Jerry also doesn't seem to be in his right mind. What do you think the people at Jerry's rooming house are really like? Can their descriptions by Jerry be believed? If so, why do you think Jerry stays in that rooming house if he detests the people? Why do you think Jerry tries to escape the woman on a daily basis?

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