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. What is the color of Sandra's eyes?

2. At what age does Nick have to agree on a name that he wants?

3. What does Nick collect after putting down his instrument?

4. What does Sandra look for while Murray is calling Arnold to discuss interviews?

5. How many days does Murray have before he has to appear before the Board?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Murray heads to the door on his way to congratulate Irving R. Feldmen?

2. Describe Sandra and Murray's morning routine in Act 2, Part 1.

3. When Sandra tells Murray that "this morning" she thought he was going to go get a job, what does Murray start talking about?

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

5. Describe what Arnold's office looks like.

6. Describe some of the people and experiences that Murray has during his "apology spree."

7. When Sandra tells Murray she isn't sure if he is independent or selfish, how does Murray reply?

8. Describe Arnold.

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

10. Describe some of the funny parts of Leo's routine that Nick doesn't think is funny.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Albert and Sandra are Child Welfare agents in the play A Thousand Clowns. Besides working together as partners, Sandra and Albert are also dating at the beginning of the play. Compare and contrast Sandra and Albert's characters in detail. Do they make good working partners? Why or why not? Do they make a good couple? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

A Thousand Clowns was nominated for a Tony award for Best Play in 1963. Describe what elements in the story make it a good candidate for a successful play. Why? Also discuss elements that might not be as good or desirable and why you feel this way. Would you want to see a play like this on Broadway? Why or why not?

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