A Thousand Clowns Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Herb Gardner
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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 opens the door for Albert and Sandra when they first arrive?

2. Before the play begins, what do we hear?

3. Murray ask Nick if he's considered being the first twelve-year-old where?

4. Who says, "You're not a person, Mr. Burns, you are an experience"?

5. When Albert comes to the door, how do Murray and Sandra know he is there?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Murray want Arnold to get angry?

2. What is the "situation" at school that Nick needs to discuss with Murray?

3. What does it mean when Arnold tells Murray that he floats around like a balloon and everyone is waiting around with a pin?

4. What type of game do Murray and Nick play while Albert and Sandra are at the apartment?

5. What happens when Sandra starts asking Murray about the job interview?

6. Describe Albert.

7. Describe the part of Murray's speech where he describes Nick as a list maker.

8. Murray tells Albert that he quit <i>The Chuckles the Chipmunk Show</i>. What reasons does Murray give Albert for quitting the show?

9. How does Sandra's demeanor change after the doorbell rings at Murray's apartment and she hears that Albert is at the door?

10. Describe Murray and Nick's "act" that they perform for Leo.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A Thousand Clowns has a reoccurring theme of humor. Murray uses humor and jokes quite often to help him solve his problems or reason with other people. Why do you think Murray uses humor to solve his problems? Does it work for him? Why or why not? Are there other characters in the book that use this same method of persuading people or solving problems with humor? If yes, who and what things do they do that are similar to Murray?

Essay Topic 2

Do you think the conflict that Murray has to overcome during the play is mostly internal or external? Describe Murray's conflicts throughout the play. How does Murray try to overcome these conflicts? Does Murray solve his conflicts? If so, how? What objects, people, or ideas cause Murray the most conflict? How does Murray deal with these struggles? Do you think he handles them well? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

How is the theme of selfishness shown in this play? Discuss the characters that are most affected by this theme and explain the way they are affected.

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