A Thousand Clowns Test | Final Test - Hard

Herb Gardner
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Murray state that Sandra and Albert will be guarding together?

2. What is Leo's last name?

3. Who is Murray's agent?

4. When Nick hears the shouts for Murray, what does he exit to do?

5. What does Murray look around and notice is missing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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