Equus Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Alan say his stories were during scene 24?

2. When was the last bad nightmare of Alan's, according to scene 26?

3. What does Dysart offer to Alan as his next trick?

4. What does Alan want as he's waiting?

5. In the first line of the scene, Jill says: It's called the ____________.

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

Alan's obsession with horses and his obvious sexual attraction to them seems startling to many readers and viewers of "Equus." At the same time, it's a theme that can be explored on many levels.

Part 1: Why do you think the author chose horses for Alan's obsession? What makes horses the ideal targets of his lust?

Part 2: While there is an obvious sexual attraction to the horses, how else could this attraction be explained? What else might Alan be lusting for in his life? Why?

Part 3: When the idea of the horse and the man becoming one is mentioned, what do you think this means? What is the outcome of this connection?

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