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. Who was the king that never smiled again?

2. Who shows up to visit Dysart at the end of scene 13?

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

4. What is Dysart's answer to Alan's question about his dream?

5. Who stops in to see Dysart at the beginning of scene 11?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Alan learn to ride Equus/Nugget?

2. Describe the entrance of Jill into Alan's life.

3. How did Dora encourage the love of horses in Alan?

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

5. But what does Dysart explain once Alan falls asleep?

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

7. What happens when someone rides Equus, according to Alan?

8. What does Dysart apologize to Alan for?

9. What happened after Jill ran away from the stable?

10. What is includes in the content of Alan's letter to Dysart?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The act of blinding the horses is not only horrifying, but also confusing in relation to Alan's love of the horses.

Part 1: List at least 3 things Alan does to prove that he loves horses.

Part 2: Why do you think Alan decided to blind the horses? Explain your answer.

Part 3: How do you think Alan feels about his actions? Support 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

Dysart and Alan's relationship grows with each passing scene and with each new bit of information that is revealed.

Part 1: What does Dysart think of Alan at the beginning of the play? How does this change as the play goes on?

Part 2: Why does Dysart call Alan a 'last straw'? What is the meaning of this phrase?

Part 3: Do you think Dysart genuinely cares about Alan? Why or why not?

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