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. Why did Murray refuse the quiz show job?

2. Nick tells Sandra is welcome to use the phone to call whom?

3. Where does Murray place the speaker?

4. When Leo came back a week after Murray quit offering him his job back, what song did Murray start singing?

5. What song does Murray play in the background while he puts his apartment back to the way it was?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The play takes place in Manhattan around the 1950s and 1960s. What elements does Herb Gardner add to the play to make you believe that you are looking in on someone living in Manhattan? Discuss ways that Gardner makes this believable. Discuss other people, places, or objects that are and could be included in the play that fit right in with the time period and place.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In the play, A Thousand Clowns, characters mask their insecurities in specific ways. Name three characters from the play that put on a mask of protection. Discuss each character in detail. What do they do to protect themselves from the outside world? Are the methods each of these characters use always effective? Why or why not?

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