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. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How is foreshadowing used in this play? Describe and discuss specific examples of foreshadowing in A Thousand Clowns.

Essay Topic 2

In the play, A Thousand Clowns, characters mask their insecurities in specific ways. Name three characters from the play that put on a mask of protection. Discuss each character in detail. What do they do to protect themselves from the outside world? Are the methods each of these characters use always effective? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Who is your favorite character in A Thousand Clowns? What elements does this character bring to the story? If this character were not in the play, how would things be different? What might remain the same if this character didn't exist?

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