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. How does Alan describe the rides at night?

2. What did Alan injure the horses with?

3. Who does Jill describe as gentle as a baby?

4. What did Alan do when he was questioned in court?

5. Who talks about Alan as he is standing in the beginning of the play?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Jill do when she sees Alan has a good feel for working with the horses?

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

3. What does Dalton think about the actions of Alan?

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

5. Who does Dysart blame for some of his current self doubts?

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

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

8. How did Dora encourage the love of horses in Alan?

9. What kind of deal does Alan make with Dysart?

10. What is the reasoning for Alan's choice of King John as his favorite king of England?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The relationships between husband and wife are also questioned in this play.

Part 1: Describe the relationship between Dora and Frank.

Part 2: Describe the relationship between Dysart and his wife.

Part 3: What do these relationships seem to say about marriage in general? Does the author seem to be making a statement about love relationships?

Essay Topic 2

The relationships between father and son or father figure and son figure are also scrutinized.

Part 1: Describe the relationship between Alan and his father. How would you categorize it - happy, sad, unhealthy, etc.? Support your answer.

Part 2: Describe the relationship between Alan and Dysart. How would you categorize it - good, bad, balanced, etc.? Support your answer.

Part 3: Do you think Alan and Dysart view themselves in a father and son sort of relationship? Why or why not?

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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