Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Murray ask Nick if he's considered being the first twelve-year-old where?
2. What does Nick say he remembers about his mother?
3. Who opens the door for Albert and Sandra when they first arrive?
4. After Murray tells Sandra he probably loves her, Murray tells her she has small what?
5. Who tells Sandra that she is off the case?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Nick.
2. What happened to the stuff that Elaine brought by?
3. Sandra starts sobbing about a lot of different things that are frustrating her about her job and her life. Describe some of the things that she is crying about to Murray at the end of Act 1, Part 3.
4. Describe some of the funny parts of Leo's routine that Nick doesn't think is funny.
5. How does Sandra's demeanor change after the doorbell rings at Murray's apartment and she hears that Albert is at the door?
6. Why does Sandra feel the need to apologize to Murray after her argument with Albert?
7. Describe Murray.
8. Describe the part of Murray's speech where he describes Nick as a list maker.
9. Describe Sandra.
10. What does Arnold mean when he tells Murray to leave the dragons alone?
Murray's character develops and changes throughout the play. Describe the process of Murray's character development beginning with Act 1 and working your way through Act 3. What instances in Murray's "journey" affect him as a character? What other characters help shape Murray into a different person? Murray doesn't change in every way. What personal characteristics remain the same? Why?
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?
In the play, A Thousand Clowns, Nick is in danger of being removed from Murray's care. This is obviously a serious issue and concern for most people, but why do you think the writer, Herb Gardner, took a comedic approach to something that could be so dramatic? What differences would the story have if it were a drama instead of a comedy? Would you have enjoyed the play as much? Which characters would change and which characters would remain the same? Why?
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