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 are the victims in the ritual killings in the dream?

2. What is Alan's answer to Dysart's previous question?

3. What does Alan begin to sing about in response to Dysart's question about Eck?

4. Where does Dalton think Alan should be?

5. What do the other actors in the play pretend to be when Dysart and Alan are speaking in scene 15?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Hesther make of the dream that Dysart shares with her?

4. What does Dysart apologize to Alan for?

5. What is includes in the content of Alan's letter to Dysart?

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

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

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

9. When the Christian Cavalry first appeared in the New World, what happened?

10. What happens when Jill and Alan are sitting in the theatre?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The relationship between Dysart and Alan is a complicated one, to be sure. At times, they each seem to be helping each other, instead of one person helping more than another.

Part 1: What are some of the ways in which Dysart helps Alan?

Part 2: What are some of the ways in which Alan helps Dysart?

Part 3: Do you think Dysart is more concerned about himself or about Alan in their sessions?

Essay Topic 2

The idea of worship is also a common theme in this play. Loving someone or something without judgment or criticism is something many characters intimately understand.

Part 1: Give examples of how Alan uses worship as a part of his life. What does this say about Alan?

Part 2: Give examples of how Dysart worships in his own life. What does this say about Dysart?

Part 3: Given these ideas of worship, what does the role of worship have to play in the lives of the characters? What does worship provide? Is it a positive or a negative thing?

Essay Topic 3

The first time Alan encounters a horse is a memorable event for him. The Horseman helps Alan discover his love and longing for the animals.

Part 1: Why is this moment so important for Alan? What causes this moment to follow Alan the rest of his life?

Part 2: Why does Frank become so angry about this meeting with the Horseman? What does he do in response?

Part 3: What do you think of the Horseman? What does he seem to represent in Alan's life?

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