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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 Dr. Schlesinger's decision at the end of Act 1, Scene 4?
(a) Jim can only leave the hospital if he agrees to go home with Ann.
(b) Jim is well enough to leave the hospital, but not go to his interview.
(c) Jim will need to stay in the hospital for at least another month.
(d) Jim is not well enough to leave the hospital.

2. What kind of mood is Jim in as the fifth scene in the play begins?
(a) He is quiet.
(b) He is sad.
(c) He is upset.
(d) He is depressed.

3. What does Ann insist to Dr. Barrow at the end of Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) That she loves Jim.
(b) That Jim really does like life.
(c) That she really does want to divorce him.
(d) That she wants the best specialists to examine Jim.

4. What does Ann realize as she enters in the fifth scene of Act 1?
(a) Jim's conversation with Dr. Schlesinger.
(b) Jim's conversation with Dr. Barrow.
(c) Jim's conversation with Mr. Fleming and Grosberg.
(d) Jim's conversation with Miss Hansen and Miss Cardell.

5. What does Mr. Fleming give to Grosberg?
(a) A pencil.
(b) Money.
(c) A bottle.
(d) Cigarettes.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What morning is it when Act 1, Scene 4 begins?

3. What does Ann think about Charlotte?

4. What is the fear that the other patients have of "seven"?

5. What does Jim challenge Grosberg about in Act 1, Scene 5?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Jim's mood like at the start of Act 1, Scene 5, and what does he learn about the convalescent ward?

3. What name does Jim keep repeating, how does Ann respond to the name in Act 1, Scene 1, and what does Dr. Kramer tell her as the scene ends?

4. What does Miss Wingate advise Jim of and why is it significant?

5. What does Tom say about Ann's family and how is this another example of her control over him?

6. How are the patients in the convalescent ward described, and what is the contrast between them and Jim in Act 2, Scene 1?

7. How does Jim respond to Dr. Bellman at the end of Act 2, Scene 4, and what do Ann and the doctor discuss?

8. When does Act 3, Scene 2 take place and who is meeting at the beginning of the scene?

9. What is a shrike and why did the author choose it for the title of the play?

10. How does the nature of the theater and performing arts business during the 1950s lead Jim to believe that he will not be able to regain his former success?

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