Equus 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. What was the name of the horse?

2. What does Dysart call Hesther at the end of scene 18?

3. What's the name of the shop where Alan used to work?

4. Who comforts Dora when she breaks down?

5. When is Dysart going over to Alan's family's house?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Jill have to share about her mom's views of dating?

2. What do Frank and Dora share with Dysart about Alan that surprised them?

3. Why does Dysart tell Dora not to come visit Alan anymore?

4. What is the piece of information Dora shares once Frank arrives home?

5. How does Dora describe the hose picture?

6. What does Dysart admit that be feels?

7. What does Hesther make of the dream that Dysart shares with her?

8. What does Alan have to say about the things he said when he was under hypnosis?

9. What kind of deal does Alan make with Dysart?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

The horses come to Alan and tell him to never be with a woman again, a powerful part of this play's conclusion.

Part 1: Do you think Alan can maintain this promise to the horses? Why or why not?

Part 2: Why do you think this promise is asked of Alan by the horses?

Part 3: Why does Alan blind the horses in the end? What is he symbolically trying to blind from seeing?

Essay Topic 3

The power struggle between Alan and Dysart is evident from the start. This power is something they both want and yet want to give up, it seems.

Part 1: What are some of the ways both Alan and Dysart attempt to gain power in their relationship?

Part 2: Honesty is the one thing they both want from the other - why is this?

Part 3: Why do Dysart and Alan both need power in this relationship? What do both stand to gain?

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