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Edward Albee was a child adopted by rich parents. Describe his attitude towards his upbringing from reading or seeing his one-act play The American Dream. In what ways does his upbringing evidence itself in The Zoo Story?

Research the concept of Theatre of the Absurd. Does The Zoo Story belong under that heading? Why or why not?

Compare The American Dream point-by-point with Eugene Ionesco's absurdist play The Bald Soprano. How are the two plays alike? How are they different?

Why do you think it was important to Jerry to make Peter realize the misery that exists beneath everyday life? What was Jerry trying to achieve?

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