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. What makes the picture of the horse so interesting? What kind of angle is it?

2. How much does Dysart get paid an hour to see Alan?

3. What was King Edward the First's other name?

4. How does Alan describe the rides at night?

5. What does Frank think the only problem in their house is?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how Nugget reacts to Alan.

2. What happens frequently when Alan is having his nightmares?

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

4. What does Dysart do when Alan has a nightmare and shouts "Eck" over and over?

5. Why does Dysart tell Dora not to come visit Alan anymore?

6. What happened on the day that Alan had his first encounter with a horse?

7. How did Alan learn to ride Equus/Nugget?

8. Describe the opening scene of the play.

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

10. How did Dora encourage the love of horses in Alan?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dysart and Alan's relationship grows with each passing scene and with each new bit of information that is revealed.

Part 1: What does Dysart think of Alan at the beginning of the play? How does this change as the play goes on?

Part 2: Why does Dysart call Alan a 'last straw'? What is the meaning of this phrase?

Part 3: Do you think Dysart genuinely cares about Alan? Why or why not?

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

Dysart views himself as someone who can save the children he works with, but this is enmeshed with the idea that he could also harm them if he wished.

Part 1: What does the dream in Act 1, Scene 5 have to say about Dysart's feelings about his role in the therapy process?

Part 2: What does Dysart do to prevent the dissection of the patients he sees?

Part 3: In the play,do you feel dissection of Alan is necessary for Dysart's work with him? Why or why not?

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