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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What was the girl's name in the movie?
2. Where did Frank, Alan, and Jill all meet up?
3. Who has caused Alan to become very upset and throw a tray at this person?
4. Dysart says he will take away Alan's field of what?
5. In the first line of the scene, Jill says: It's called the ____________.
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Dysart and Alan's relationship grows with each passing scene and with each new bit of information that is revealed.
Part 1: What does Dysart think of Alan at the beginning of the play? How does this change as the play goes on?
Part 2: Why does Dysart call Alan a 'last straw'? What is the meaning of this phrase?
Part 3: Do you think Dysart genuinely cares about Alan? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
The wounded healer is a popular archetype to use in literature. Dysart seems to be this wounded healer who can help other wounded souls because of his own wounds.
Part 1: What are some of the ways in which Dysart is wounded?
Part 2: What are some of the ways Dysart's wounds allow him to heal?
Part 3: Do you think Alan takes advantage of Dysart's own wounds? If so, how and why?
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