A Thousand Clowns Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

Herb Gardner
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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

In the play, A Thousand Clowns Murray Burns and Arnold Burns are brothers. Even though they are related, Murray and Arnold are completely different people. Compare and contrast the two brothers in detail. Explain their relationship to one another and how they affect each other during the play.

Essay Topic 2

Because Murray has been raising Nick for the past seven years, what habits and characteristics of Murray have rubbed off on Nick? Do you think Murray or Nick acts more like the adult in most situations? Why do you think this and why do you think it's that way? Do you think Murray is glad for the opportunity of raising his nephew? 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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