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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 makes the picture of the horse so interesting? What kind of angle is it?

2. Who is out when Dysart arrives at Alan's family home?

3. How does Alan describe the rides at night?

4. Who does Alan name as his favorite king of England?

5. Who doesn't understand Dysart, according to him?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Alan react to Nugget as he is grooming him?

2. What does Alan say when he recounts his nonverbal conversation with that first horse?

3. What did Alan do when the court asked him for an explanation for his actions?

4. What is Frank's reaction to Alan's encounter with the horse?

5. Who does Dysart blame for some of his current self doubts?

6. What is the game that Dysart wants he and Alan to play?

7. What does Jill do when she sees Alan has a good feel for working with the horses?

8. What does the first tape from Alan contain?

9. What is the next trick Dysart wants to use with Alan?

10. What kind of worker was Alan, according to Dalton?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Alan's obsession with horses and his obvious sexual attraction to them seems startling to many readers and viewers of "Equus." At the same time, it's a theme that can be explored on many levels.

Part 1: Why do you think the author chose horses for Alan's obsession? What makes horses the ideal targets of his lust?

Part 2: While there is an obvious sexual attraction to the horses, how else could this attraction be explained? What else might Alan be lusting for in his life? Why?

Part 3: When the idea of the horse and the man becoming one is mentioned, what do you think this means? What is the outcome of this connection?

Essay Topic 2

The relationships between father and son or father figure and son figure are also scrutinized.

Part 1: Describe the relationship between Alan and his father. How would you categorize it - happy, sad, unhealthy, etc.? Support your answer.

Part 2: Describe the relationship between Alan and Dysart. How would you categorize it - good, bad, balanced, etc.? Support your answer.

Part 3: Do you think Alan and Dysart view themselves in a father and son sort of relationship? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The characters of Dysart and Alan are opposites, and yet similar at the same time. Their two stories make up the play of "Equus."

Part 1: Compare the similarities between Dysart and Alan. How are these two characters alike?

Part 2: Contrast Dysart and Alan. How are these two characters not alike?

Part 3: Do you think Dysart and Alan are more alike or more different? Explain your answer.

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