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 brings Alan to see Dysart?

2. Who comforts Dora when she breaks down?

3. What color is Dysart's fireplace?

4. Where does Dalton think Alan should be?

5. What does Dysart try to do when he first meets Alan?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the opening scene of the play.

2. What is the one word answer that Alan gives Dysart and what was the question?

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

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

5. What does Jill want to do for their date that night?

6. What does the first tape from Alan contain?

7. Why does Dysart tell Dora not to come visit Alan anymore?

8. When Dysart asks Alan who took him first to the stables, what does Alan do?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Religion is an important part of this play, with symbolism and references throughout the pages.

Part 1: What is the relationship between Alan and religion? How does he feel about it? What does it mean for him?

Part 2: Compare and contrast Alan's parents' feelings about religion and faith.

Part 3: What are Dysart's ideas about faith and religion? How do these affect his understanding of Alan?

Essay Topic 2

Dysart views himself as someone who can save the children he works with, but this is enmeshed with the idea that he could also harm them if he wished.

Part 1: What does the dream in Act 1, Scene 5 have to say about Dysart's feelings about his role in the therapy process?

Part 2: What does Dysart do to prevent the dissection of the patients he sees?

Part 3: In the play,do you feel dissection of Alan is necessary for Dysart's work with him? 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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