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. Who comforts Dora when she breaks down?

2. What did this rider in #43 call the daily ride?

3. What does Alan call Dysart?

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

5. What does Dysart call Hesther at the end of scene 18?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Frank think about TV?

2. What kind of worker was Alan, according to Dalton?

3. What did Alan do when the court asked him for an explanation for his actions?

4. What interrupts Dysart and his thoughts about the hypnosis session with Alan?

5. How does Alan react to Nugget as he is grooming him?

6. What is the piece of information Dora shares once Frank arrives home?

7. What has Alan done that has caused him to be a part of the mental hospital?

8. How does Dora describe the hose picture?

9. But what does Dysart explain once Alan falls asleep?

10. Describe the entrance of Jill into Alan's life.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Alan and Dysart's relationship gets off to a rocky start at first, with Alan singing jingles to Dysart at the beginning.

Part 1: Why do you think Alan sang these jingles to Dysart? What was he trying to achieve?

Part 2: What is Dysart's reaction the jingles and what does this day about Dysart?

Part 3: What does this initial encounter say about Alan and his receptiveness to Dysart? What does it seem to tell the viewer?

Essay Topic 2

The characters of Dysart and Alan are opposites, and yet similar at the same time. Their two stories make up the play of "Equus."

Part 1: Compare the similarities between Dysart and Alan. How are these two characters alike?

Part 2: Contrast Dysart and Alan. How are these two characters not alike?

Part 3: Do you think Dysart and Alan are more alike or more different? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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