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

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?

Essay Topic 2

Herb Gardner does a fine job of developing the character of Murray Burns. Describe in detail the characterization of Murray Burns from the start of the play to the end of the play. Make sure to include details about Murray's physical characteristics, his actions, his reactions, and even perhaps what his thoughts may be. Include specific examples from the play.

Essay Topic 3

The character, Sandra, brings a feminine quality to the play overrun by male characters, and she brings her own feelings of loneliness, insecurity, and doubt along with her. Describe Sandra's character in detail and explain reasons for her personality traits. Is she a needed character in the play? Why or why not? How would the play be different if Sandra's character was a male? Do you think it was a wise decision on the part of Herb Gardner to include a lone female character? Why or why not?

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