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. Where did Frank, Alan, and Jill all meet up?

2. Does Alan want to leave the hospital?

3. Dysart: It's calling me out of the black cave of the __________.

4. Alan compares the horses and the way they stand to the girls in the _________.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The characters of Dysart and Alan are opposites, and yet similar at the same time. Their two stories make up the play of "Equus."

Part 1: Compare the similarities between Dysart and Alan. How are these two characters alike?

Part 2: Contrast Dysart and Alan. How are these two characters not alike?

Part 3: Do you think Dysart and Alan are more alike or more different? Explain your answer.

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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