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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Jim's state of mind when the doctors attempt to question him in Act 1, Scene 1?
(a) He is extremely alert.
(b) He is surprisingly coherent.
(c) He is too drowsy to respond.
(d) He is unconscious.

2. How does Dr. Barrow respond to Ann's outlook on life as the second scene of the play ends?
(a) He thinks it is the reason for Jim's suicide attempt.
(b) He thinks it is a negative sign.
(c) He thinks it is a mistake.
(d) He thinks it is a positive sign.

3. What is Dr. Bellman unable to give Jim as Act 2, Scene 2 ends?
(a) The people behind his prolonged stay.
(b) Hope of being released.
(c) The information they have collected while monitoring him.
(d) A reason for his release.

4. How long does Ann tell Jim his new location will be for?
(a) Only for a few days.
(b) Only for two weeks.
(c) Only for one week.
(d) Only for a few weeks.

5. How does Jim first appear in the third scene of Act 1?
(a) He is asleep.
(b) He is on the floor.
(c) He is missing.
(d) He is sitting up.

Short Answer Questions

1. As he explains to the doctor, what did Jim not have enough money to buy?

2. What do patients reveal in a semi-conscious state, according to the doctor?

3. In the beginning of the play, what is critical to Jim's condition?

4. What did Jim want to confirm before his suicide attempt?

5. What day is it in Act 1, Scene 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is interesting about the doctors' ability to assess Jim at this point in the play?

2. How is Jim released and what does he tell Ann on the phone?

3. What is Tom's suggestion for Jim, and how does Jim respond?

4. What do Grosberg and Mr. Fleming reveal to Jim that surprises him, and how does it reflect a larger issue in the hospital?

5. Why is the conversation between Jim and Ann in the beginning of Act 2, Scene 4 important?

6. How does Jim's visit with Dr. Bellman highlight the hospital's flaws when it comes to the way they treat patients?

7. How does the conversation between Ann and Dr. Schlesinger have a negative effect on Jim's chances to leave the hospital, and what are Ann's possible motives for her opinion?

8. What is "seven" and what is its purpose in the play?

9. Who is Harry, what is he like, and how does Jim respond to him?

10. What is interesting about the things that Jim tells Dr. Bellman about Ann, and what he will not tell him about Charlotte?

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