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 did Alan injure the horses with?

2. What does Frank accuse Dora of doing to Alan?

3. What did this rider in #43 call the daily ride?

4. What was Alan building when he saw the horse approach?

5. Who is Alan standing next to as the play opens?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Dysart admit that be feels?

2. What happens after Alan tells Equus there will be no more?

3. What does Dysart want to do for Alan?

4. Describe the opening scene of the play.

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

6. What does the first tape from Alan contain?

7. Describe how Nugget reacts to Alan.

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

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

10. What has Alan done that has caused him to be a part of the mental hospital?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The relationship between Dysart and Hesther helps to guide the play and to show the reader how the story progressed for Alan.

Part 1: Why do you think Hesther is introduced in this play? What is her role in the story?

Part 2: What do you think Hesther is meant to symbolize in this play? What is her part in the relationship between Alan and Dysart?

Part 3: Is the character of Hesther necessary? Why or why not?

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 idea of worship is also a common theme in this play. Loving someone or something without judgment or criticism is something many characters intimately understand.

Part 1: Give examples of how Alan uses worship as a part of his life. What does this say about Alan?

Part 2: Give examples of how Dysart worships in his own life. What does this say about Dysart?

Part 3: Given these ideas of worship, what does the role of worship have to play in the lives of the characters? What does worship provide? Is it a positive or a negative thing?

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