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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. Who is the horse that used to be a main figure in the stories Alan would love to hear?

2. What happened when Alan's dad took away the picture in #74?

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

4. When did Frank witness the event he talks to Dysart about?

5. What does Alan call Dysart?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Jill notice about Alan and his fascination with eyes?

2. What are some other ways Alan will change when he is normal?

3. What does Frank think about TV?

4. How does Dora describe the hose picture?

5. When the Christian Cavalry first appeared in the New World, what happened?

6. What is includes in the content of Alan's letter to Dysart?

7. What does the first tape from Alan contain?

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

9. What does Dysart tell Alan after Alan has told him about the scene in the stable?

10. Why does Alan have troubles performing with Jill?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The role of sex in this story is one that seems to cause a great deal of pain and worry in the characters, as well as relief and release.

Part 1: List three different ways or instances in which sex is revealed in this play.

Part 2: What are the outcomes of these instances? What do the characters involved learn from each of this instances?

Part 3: Is sex seen as a bad or a good thing in this play? Support your answer.

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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