The Zoo Story Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Jerry wipe the knife handle with his handkerchief?

2. Why does Jerry believe Peter cannot understand?

3. What do both men do?

4. What does Jerry do for the first time?

5. Into what does Jerry urge Peter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At one point, Jerry reminds Peter that he doesn't have to listen to him, that he is free to go whenever he chooses. Why do you think Peter stays to listen anyway? What are three possible reasons for Peter's willingness to stay and listen? What do you think Peter has to gain from listening to Jerry? What do you think Peter wants to learn from Jerry?

Essay Topic 2

Peter makes the statement that his life is simple. What does he mean by that? How does Peter define a simple life? Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Why? Why do you think Jerry recoils at the idea of the simple life when Peter mentions it?

Essay Topic 3

Jerry seems to think he needs to learn to deal with other items in his life before he will be ready to deal with a human. Does this make sense? Why or why not? What does this seem to say about Jerry's social skills? Could this be a result of his upbringing? Why or why not? How can Jerry speed up the process of learning to communicate?

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