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. How many horses did Alan injure?

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

3. What does Alan bet all cowboys are?

4. When did Frank witness the event he talks to Dysart about?

5. What color is Dysart's fireplace?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the significance of the horse picture?

3. Describe Alan and Dalton's first meeting.

4. How does Dora describe the hose picture?

5. What does the first tape from Alan contain?

6. What does Frank think about TV?

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

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

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

10. What makes Dysart feel fed up and thus he tells Alan the session is over?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Alan and Dysart's relationship gets off to a rocky start at first, with Alan singing jingles to Dysart at the beginning.

Part 1: Why do you think Alan sang these jingles to Dysart? What was he trying to achieve?

Part 2: What is Dysart's reaction the jingles and what does this day about Dysart?

Part 3: What does this initial encounter say about Alan and his receptiveness to Dysart? What does it seem to tell the viewer?

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 relationships between husband and wife are also questioned in this play.

Part 1: Describe the relationship between Dora and Frank.

Part 2: Describe the relationship between Dysart and his wife.

Part 3: What do these relationships seem to say about marriage in general? Does the author seem to be making a statement about love relationships?

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