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. When Jerry talks about his dead parents, he describes them as a particular vaudeville act that is playing the ______ circuit now.

2. Why does Peter assume that Jerry lives in the Village?

3. What does Jerry's neighbor wear to and from the bathroom?

4. When Jerry was fifteen, what did he say that he was?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Whose dog is the one that Jerry wants to kill?

3. Where does the play The Zoo Story take place?

4. What does Jerry wonder about his trip to the park?

5. Who did Jerry live with after both of his parents were dead?

6. How does the play open?

7. What does Jerry inform Peter he will learn all about in the papers?

8. What does Peter wonder about Jerry's home? How does Jerry respond?

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

10. What is the result of the process that Jerry concocts?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The bench becomes a fighting ground for both men, as each wants sole 'custody' of the bench. Why is the bench so important to the men? What does it signify to the play? Why can't the men give up their ownership of the bench? How could this have been settled between Peter and Jerry?

Essay Topic 2

Jerry dies from running into Peter when he was holding the knife. Do you think Jerry did this on purpose? Why or why not? Why does Jerry tell Peter to run away after he cleans the fingerprints off the knife? Why does Peter decide to run away instead of staying to help Jerry?

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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