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 is product mentioned in the first song Alan signs for Dysart?

2. What does Alan call Dysart?

3. How old was Alan when the incident with the picture occurred?

4. What does Alan bet all cowboys are?

5. What are the first words Alan says without singing in the play?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Dysart asks Alan who took him first to the stables, what does Alan do?

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

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

4. What is the significance of the horse picture?

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

6. What happens when someone rides Equus, according to Alan?

7. Why does Alan have troubles performing with Jill?

8. What does Dysart apologize to Alan for?

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

10. How does Dora describe the hose picture?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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