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 is Murray and Arnold's last name?

2. How long ago was the photograph taken of Arnold's children that he has on his desk?

3. What does Murray do when he enters the apartment?

4. Nick brings a bowl of what into the room?

5. What does Nick claim the potato chips are?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

A Thousand Clowns was nominated for a Tony award for Best Play in 1963. Describe what elements in the story make it a good candidate for a successful play. Why? Also discuss elements that might not be as good or desirable and why you feel this way. Would you want to see a play like this on Broadway? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

A Thousand Clowns has a reoccurring theme of humor. Murray uses humor and jokes quite often to help him solve his problems or reason with other people. Why do you think Murray uses humor to solve his problems? Does it work for him? Why or why not? Are there other characters in the book that use this same method of persuading people or solving problems with humor? If yes, who and what things do they do that are similar to Murray?

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