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2 Reading Questions Use complete sentences to answer the questions as you read the story. These answers can be found exactly in the text. Write the page number to show where you round the answer. Pg What names does Ivan have? 2. When do the animals perform? 3. Who is Not-Tag? 4. What does Ivan do if he gets tired of drawing and needs a break? 5. What did Ivan use to paint with in his early life? 6. How long has Ivan been in his domain? 7. What happened to Bob s brothers and sisters? 8. How did Julia decide to name Bob? Pg How does Stella know a new elephant is coming? 10. Why does Ruby finally come out of her cage? 11. Where did Mack get Ruby? 12. List four things that Stella and Ruby do together?

3 13. What does Stella say is the hardest part about being a parent? 14. Why is Julia worried about Stella? 15. What promise does Ivan make to Stella? 16. How does Stella compare gorilla hearts to elephant hearts? Pg How does Ivan explain what a zoo is to Ruby? 18. What was Ivan s name in the wild and how did he get it? 19. List 4 things that Ivan misses from his past when he moves in with Mack? 20. What does the cake remind Ivan of? 21. List 3 things that made Ivan thrilled about his new domain when he first moved in? 22. What is a claw-stick and what is used for? 23. What type of new paint does Julia introduce to Ivan? Pg Why is Ivan so sleepy during the day? 25. What is the picture that Ivan decides he needs to paint? 26. Where does Ivan hide his pictures?

4 27. What is the difference in meaning between principle and principal? 28. How does Bob feel about the word home? 29. How long does it take Julia and George to put together Ivan s pictures? 30. What is Mack s reaction to the billboard? 31. What is Julia s favorite protest sign? Pg What treats do they give Ruby and Ivan to get them into the box? 33. What does Ivan say to Ruby when she tells him she says the Big Top is her home? 34. Why doesn t Ivan want to go into his box? 35. What is different about the picture Julia gives Ivan before he leaves? 36. What does Mack have a photo of in his shirt pocket? 37. Why does Ivan give Not-Tag to Bob? 38. What is missing from the gorilla family that Ivan watches on TV? 39. What can Ivan see from his seat at the top of the tree? 40. What surprise does Julia have in her backpack when she comes to visit Ivan?

5 Comprehension Questions Use complete sentences to answer the comprehension questions. These questions require deeper thinking and you may need to combine information from different parts of the book to give a complete answer. 1. How is the way humans see Ivan different than the way he feels about himself? 2. How does Ivan feel about his domain? 3. How does Ivan feel about drawing? 4. Why doesn t Ivan get angry? 5. How does Stella feel about Ruby s arrival? 6. Who is Jambo and what did he do? 7. Based on what Stella says, how is a zoo different from the Big Top Mall? 8. Why does Ruby feel both bad and good about humans? 9. How was Ivan s childhood in the wild similar to that of a human childhood? 10. How was Ivan s childhood with Mack similar to that of a human childhood? 11. Why does Ivan try not to think about his life in the jungle?

6 12. How does Ivan s view about his domain change? 13. What is the last missing thing that Ivan adds to his painting and why is it important? 14. What does Julia convince her dad to do on a matter of principle? 15. How does using the claw-stick backfire against Mack? 16. What is the reason that Ivan beats his chest for the first time? 17. Compare how Ivan expected Ruby to feel about leaving versus how she actually felt? 18. What is ironic about Bob s life versus the lives of Ivan and Ruby? 19. Why don t the zoo keepers put Ivan directly into the cage with the other gorillas? 20. How does Ivan s thoughts about who he is change from the beginning to the end?

7 Simile & Metaphor Search What is a simile? A simile is a comparison using the words like or as What is a metaphor? A metaphor is a comparison that uses the words am or is or are Go on a Simile & Metaphor Search as you read the book! Write the page number, the sentence, and (S) or (M) to tell if it is a simile or a metaphor. Page # Simile or Metaphor

8 CHARACTER TRAITS You can judge a character by their thoughts, words, and actions. Identify the characteristics of the characters as you read the story.

9 Is Mack a good or bad person? Explain your answer and support it with character traits that you wrote for him. (4 sentence minimum)

10 Ivan is an artist. But often it is hard for humans to understand his pictures. Use your non-dominant hand to draw a picture of an object.

11 Exposition: introduction to the characters and setting Rising Action: develops the conflict (problem) of the story Climax: is the most exciting part of the story where the conflict has the most tension Falling Action: the result of the conflict (problem) is given and the story goes to the end Resolution: the story comes to an end and any unanswered questions are answered

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