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 doesn't understand Dysart, according to him?

2. When does Alan agree to work?

3. What does Alan's father do for a living?

4. What does Alan bet all cowboys are?

5. What is Alan's last name?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the first tape from Alan contain?

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

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

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

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

6. What is Frank's reaction to Alan's encounter with the horse?

7. What is Alan afraid of when he and Jill go back to the stables?

8. Describe how Nugget reacts to Alan.

9. What does Frank think of the way Dora raised Alan?

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

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

The role of sex in this story is one that seems to cause a great deal of pain and worry in the characters, as well as relief and release.

Part 1: List three different ways or instances in which sex is revealed in this play.

Part 2: What are the outcomes of these instances? What do the characters involved learn from each of this instances?

Part 3: Is sex seen as a bad or a good thing in this play? Support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

The act of blinding the horses is not only horrifying, but also confusing in relation to Alan's love of the horses.

Part 1: List at least 3 things Alan does to prove that he loves horses.

Part 2: Why do you think Alan decided to blind the horses? Explain your answer.

Part 3: How do you think Alan feels about his actions? Support your answer.

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