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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who says the movie was their idea?
2. Alan [in terror]: Eyes! ......________ eyes, never closed!
3. Dora: I only know he was my little Alan, and then the ______ came.
4. What did Alan keep seeing instead of Jill?
5. Dysart says he will take away Alan's field of what?
Essay Topic 1
The relationship between Dysart and Hesther helps to guide the play and to show the reader how the story progressed for Alan.
Part 1: Why do you think Hesther is introduced in this play? What is her role in the story?
Part 2: What do you think Hesther is meant to symbolize in this play? What is her part in the relationship between Alan and Dysart?
Part 3: Is the character of Hesther necessary? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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