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. Who is Murray's brother?

2. At the end of Act 1, Part 2 someone exits without anyone noticing. Who is it?

3. What does Murray say is almost as irresistible as pastrami?

4. How many months has Murray been out of work?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Murray asks Nick why Nick hasn't told him about the situation at school and Nick replies that he hasn't seen Murray in a few days. Why haven't they seen each other and where has Nick been?

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

3. When Sandra tells Murray she isn't sure if he is independent or selfish, how does Murray reply?

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

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

6. As the curtain goes up at the beginning of Act 3, Part 1, what is Murray doing?

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

8. What does Leo tell Murray it feels like to flop in front of the children during the show?

9. With what does Sandra say she identifies?

10. What is the "situation" at school that Nick needs to discuss with Murray?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Do you think the conflict that Murray has to overcome during the play is mostly internal or external? Describe Murray's conflicts throughout the play. How does Murray try to overcome these conflicts? Does Murray solve his conflicts? If so, how? What objects, people, or ideas cause Murray the most conflict? How does Murray deal with these struggles? Do you think he handles them well? Why or why not?

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