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. How many months has Murray been out of work?

2. Whose bathrobe does Sandra use?

3. Where does Murray admit he's been when he was supposed to be looking for a job?

4. What does Murray complain about after opening the blinds?

5. Why doesn't Nick go to school?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Leo suggest Murray include in the show?

2. Describe what is happening at the beginning of Act 1, Part 2.

3. What happened to the stuff that Elaine brought by?

4. When Albert takes Sandra aside to have a private conversation, what do they talk about?

5. While Albert and Sandra are talking to Murray and Nick, there is a noise at the front door. Who is it and what does this person do and look like?

6. When Sandra tells Murray that "this morning" she thought he was going to go get a job, what does Murray start talking about?

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

8. Describe the part of Murray's speech where he describes Nick as a list maker.

9. While Albert and Sandra are having their private conversation, Murray is doing peculiar things while he waits. Describe what Murray is doing to keep himself occupied while he waits for Albert and Sandra.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

How is the theme of selfishness shown in this play? Discuss the characters that are most affected by this theme and explain the way they are affected.

Essay Topic 3

In the play, A Thousand Clowns, Nick is in danger of being removed from Murray's care. This is obviously a serious issue and concern for most people, but why do you think the writer, Herb Gardner, took a comedic approach to something that could be so dramatic? What differences would the story have if it were a drama instead of a comedy? Would you have enjoyed the play as much? Which characters would change and which characters would remain the same? Why?

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