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 the word Frank says he's never forgotten?

2. Finally, what does Alan answer to Dysart's question about where he first encountered a horse?

3. Why is Dysart removed from his position in the dream?

4. What does Alan ask of Dysart?

5. What does Alan say he knows more about than Dysart?

Short Essay Questions

1. But what does Dysart explain once Alan falls asleep?

2. What does Frank think about TV?

3. What does the first tape from Alan contain?

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

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

6. Describe the opening scene of the play.

7. Describe how Nugget reacts to Alan.

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

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

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

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 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?

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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