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A Thousand Clowns Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Herb Gardner
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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

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?

The Child Welfare agent, Albert, comes across as stuffy in the play. He takes his job seriously and doesn't really look for the good in some people. Why do you think Albert's nature is important in the play, A Thousand Clowns? Explain your reasoning and how you think the play would have been different if Albert had been more like Sandra.

The protagonist in the play is Murray Burns. When a protagonist of a story doesn't quite live up to hero status, he or she is sometimes referred to as an anti-hero. Discuss the ways that Murray Burns proves to the reader that he is an anti-hero. Do these qualities make him more likable? Why or why not?

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