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

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 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 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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