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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's the name of the shop where Alan used to work?

2. What did Dora used to do for a living?

3. What does Alan ask of Dysart?

4. Finally, what does Alan answer to Dysart's question about where he first encountered a horse?

5. Who brings Alan to see Dysart?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Dysart want to do for Alan?

2. What does Alan have to say about the things he said when he was under hypnosis?

3. What kind of deal does Alan make with Dysart?

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

5. Describe how Nugget reacts to Alan.

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

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

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

9. What is the one word answer that Alan gives Dysart and what was the question?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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