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. Dysart asks Alan what parent forbids him from ____________.

2. What is Dysart's first name?

3. Who does Dysart say said "Religion is the opium of the people"?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Alan and Dalton's first meeting.

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

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

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

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

8. What does Frank think about TV?

9. What is the significance of the horse picture?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Religion is an important part of this play, with symbolism and references throughout the pages.

Part 1: What is the relationship between Alan and religion? How does he feel about it? What does it mean for him?

Part 2: Compare and contrast Alan's parents' feelings about religion and faith.

Part 3: What are Dysart's ideas about faith and religion? How do these affect his understanding of Alan?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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