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. Where did Alan watch his TV?

2. What is Dysart's wife's name?

3. What is Dysart's answer to Alan's question about his dream?

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

5. What kinds of shows did Alan like as a child?

Short Essay Questions

1. What makes Dysart feel fed up and thus he tells Alan the session is over?

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

3. What does Dysart offer to do as a result of #46?

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

5. What does Dalton think about the actions of Alan?

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

7. What do Frank and Dora share with Dysart about Alan that surprised them?

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

9. What is the next trick Dysart wants to use with Alan?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The horses come to Alan and tell him to never be with a woman again, a powerful part of this play's conclusion.

Part 1: Do you think Alan can maintain this promise to the horses? Why or why not?

Part 2: Why do you think this promise is asked of Alan by the horses?

Part 3: Why does Alan blind the horses in the end? What is he symbolically trying to blind from seeing?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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