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 shows up to visit Dysart at the end of scene 13?

2. When the horse and the rider were one being, what were they compared to?

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

4. What does the Horseman do for Alan?

5. Who does Dysart say said "Religion is the opium of the people"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Dysart want to do for Alan?

2. What is the horseman's response to Franks' reaction?

3. What does Dysart tell Alan after Alan has told him about the scene in the stable?

4. What is the game that Dysart wants he and Alan to play?

5. Describe the opening scene of the play.

6. What is the secret that Frank shares with Dysart?

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

8. Why does Alan have troubles performing with Jill?

9. What does Alan say when he recounts his nonverbal conversation with that first horse?

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

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

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

Alan and Dysart's relationship gets off to a rocky start at first, with Alan singing jingles to Dysart at the beginning.

Part 1: Why do you think Alan sang these jingles to Dysart? What was he trying to achieve?

Part 2: What is Dysart's reaction the jingles and what does this day about Dysart?

Part 3: What does this initial encounter say about Alan and his receptiveness to Dysart? What does it seem to tell the viewer?

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