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 type of animal does Nick's mother have with her?

2. Whom does Murray call a grotesque cherub?

3. After Sandra tries to rush to the bathroom, what does Murray hand her?

4. What is Sandra's last name?

5. What does Sandra ask for after peeking out at Murray?

Short Essay Questions

1. After Sandra leaves and Murray rushes to the door to open it and Sandra is still on the other side, what changes with their interaction after the door opens?

2. Who is Irving R. Feldman and why is his name brought up in the play, <i>A Thousand Clowns</i>?

3. Describe Murray.

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

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

6. When Nick enters from the bathroom, what does Leo present to him?

7. Why does Albert think Nick should leave the room?

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

9. Describe Arnold.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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