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. According to Dysart, he and his wife: We were _____ in our wooing, ______ in our wedding, ______ in our disappointment.

2. Sex should only happen, according to Dora, when two people are ______.

3. Where does Alan live right now?

4. How old is Alan?

5. What does Alan ask of Dysart?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe Alan and Dalton's first meeting.

5. What does Frank think about TV?

6. What does the first tape from Alan contain?

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

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

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

10. What is the reasoning for Alan's choice of King John as his favorite king of England?

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 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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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