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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 the name of the horse?
2. What does Dysart call Hesther at the end of scene 18?
3. What's the name of the shop where Alan used to work?
4. Who comforts Dora when she breaks down?
5. When is Dysart going over to Alan's family's house?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Jill have to share about her mom's views of dating?
2. What do Frank and Dora share with Dysart about Alan that surprised them?
3. Why does Dysart tell Dora not to come visit Alan anymore?
4. What is the piece of information Dora shares once Frank arrives home?
5. How does Dora describe the hose picture?
6. What does Dysart admit that be feels?
7. What does Hesther make of the dream that Dysart shares with her?
8. What does Alan have to say about the things he said when he was under hypnosis?
9. What kind of deal does Alan make with Dysart?
10. What is Frank's reaction to Alan's encounter with the horse?
Essay Topic 1
The relationships between father and son or father figure and son figure are also scrutinized.
Part 1: Describe the relationship between Alan and his father. How would you categorize it - happy, sad, unhealthy, etc.? Support your answer.
Part 2: Describe the relationship between Alan and Dysart. How would you categorize it - good, bad, balanced, etc.? Support your answer.
Part 3: Do you think Alan and Dysart view themselves in a father and son sort of relationship? Why or why not?
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
The characters of Dysart and Alan are opposites, and yet similar at the same time. Their two stories make up the play of "Equus."
Part 1: Compare the similarities between Dysart and Alan. How are these two characters alike?
Part 2: Contrast Dysart and Alan. How are these two characters not alike?
Part 3: Do you think Dysart and Alan are more alike or more different? Explain your answer.
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