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 did this rider in #43 call the daily ride?

2. Who comforts Dora when she breaks down?

3. Who does Alan say understands?

4. What did Alan have hanging on his wall for years?

5. What does the Horseman do for Alan?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens after Alan tells Equus there will be no more?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does the first tape from Alan contain?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Another question that is brought up in "Equus" is the idea of accountability for one's actions.

Part 1: How do you define being personally accountable for your actions? What does this mean in your life?

Part 2: For what actions should Alan be held accountable? Support your answer.

Part 3: Do you feel Alan deserves to be in jail or in the mental hospital? Why?

Essay Topic 3

The power struggle between Alan and Dysart is evident from the start. This power is something they both want and yet want to give up, it seems.

Part 1: What are some of the ways both Alan and Dysart attempt to gain power in their relationship?

Part 2: Honesty is the one thing they both want from the other - why is this?

Part 3: Why do Dysart and Alan both need power in this relationship? What do both stand to gain?

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