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 does Alan describe the rides at night?

2. What does Alan bet all cowboys are?

3. What was the name of the horse?

4. Who does Jill describe as gentle as a baby?

5. Who is the jurist?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Dysart offer to do as a result of #46?

3. Describe the opening scene of the play.

4. What does Alan say when he recounts his nonverbal conversation with that first horse?

5. What does Hesther make of the dream that Dysart shares with her?

6. When Dysart asks Alan who took him first to the stables, what does Alan do?

7. What is the horseman's response to Franks' reaction?

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

9. What does Dysart want to do for Alan?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The act of blinding the horses is not only horrifying, but also confusing in relation to Alan's love of the horses.

Part 1: List at least 3 things Alan does to prove that he loves horses.

Part 2: Why do you think Alan decided to blind the horses? Explain your answer.

Part 3: How do you think Alan feels about his actions? Support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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