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

2. When is Dysart going over to Alan's family's house?

3. What is the first thing Dalton tells Alan to learn?

4. Where did Alan watch his TV?

5. What's the name of the shop where Alan used to work?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Dora let her son do that Frank did not?

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

3. What is the significance of the horse picture?

4. What is Alan afraid of when he and Jill go back to the stables?

5. What happened on the day that Alan had his first encounter with a horse?

6. What does Dysart do when Alan has a nightmare and shouts "Eck" over and over?

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

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

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

10. What does Dysart want to do for Alan?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Another question that is brought up in "Equus" is the idea of accountability for one's actions.

Part 1: How do you define being personally accountable for your actions? What does this mean in your life?

Part 2: For what actions should Alan be held accountable? Support your answer.

Part 3: Do you feel Alan deserves to be in jail or in the mental hospital? Why?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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