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. Why doesn't Nick go to school?

2. What type of sandwich does Murray offer Sandra?

3. Sandra wants to rush to the bathroom but instead ends up where?

4. What is Sandra's last name?

5. Whom does Sandra admit that she hates?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the last scene before the curtains close on the final act.

3. Describe Murray.

4. Describe Arnold.

5. Describe Sandra.

6. Why does Murray want Arnold to get angry?

7. Describe Leo's appearance as he enters Murray's apartment.

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

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

10. When Murray calls Margo, what message does she tell Margo to relate to Arnold?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Albert and Sandra are Child Welfare agents in the play A Thousand Clowns. Besides working together as partners, Sandra and Albert are also dating at the beginning of the play. Compare and contrast Sandra and Albert's characters in detail. Do they make good working partners? Why or why not? Do they make a good couple? Why or why not?

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

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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