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 King Edward the First's other name?

2. What did Alan do the night before, according to the opening of scene 15?

3. What does Alan's father do for a living?

4. Where had Alan found the original picture that used to hang above his bed?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the secret that Frank shares with Dysart?

2. Describe the opening scene of the play.

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

4. What does Jill do when she sees Alan has a good feel for working with the horses?

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

6. What happens when Jill and Alan are sitting in the theatre?

7. What does Jill want to do for their date that night?

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

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

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 first time Alan encounters a horse is a memorable event for him. The Horseman helps Alan discover his love and longing for the animals.

Part 1: Why is this moment so important for Alan? What causes this moment to follow Alan the rest of his life?

Part 2: Why does Frank become so angry about this meeting with the Horseman? What does he do in response?

Part 3: What do you think of the Horseman? What does he seem to represent in Alan's life?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Religion is an important part of this play, with symbolism and references throughout the pages.

Part 1: What is the relationship between Alan and religion? How does he feel about it? What does it mean for him?

Part 2: Compare and contrast Alan's parents' feelings about religion and faith.

Part 3: What are Dysart's ideas about faith and religion? How do these affect his understanding of Alan?

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