A Thousand Clowns Test | Lesson Plans Final Test - Hard

Herb Gardner
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Final Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who says, "Yeah, I have a way with animals"?

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

3. Who says, "Murray, you float like a balloon and everybody's waitin' for ya with a pin"?

4. What does Leo say he's surrounded by?

5. Murray starts walking towards the door and says he wants to congratulate whom?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Who is your favorite character in A Thousand Clowns? What elements does this character bring to the story? If this character were not in the play, how would things be different? What might remain the same if this character didn't exist?

Essay Topic 3

Herb Gardner does a fine job of developing the character of Murray Burns. Describe in detail the characterization of Murray Burns from the start of the play to the end of the play. Make sure to include details about Murray's physical characteristics, his actions, his reactions, and even perhaps what his thoughts may be. Include specific examples from the play.

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