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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 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 Topics

Essay Topic 1

The horses come to Alan and tell him to never be with a woman again, a powerful part of this play's conclusion.

Part 1: Do you think Alan can maintain this promise to the horses? Why or why not?

Part 2: Why do you think this promise is asked of Alan by the horses?

Part 3: Why does Alan blind the horses in the end? What is he symbolically trying to blind from seeing?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The relationship between Dysart and Alan is a complicated one, to be sure. At times, they each seem to be helping each other, instead of one person helping more than another.

Part 1: What are some of the ways in which Dysart helps Alan?

Part 2: What are some of the ways in which Alan helps Dysart?

Part 3: Do you think Dysart is more concerned about himself or about Alan in their sessions?

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