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

2. What does the nurse suggest to Ann in the beginning of Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) That she goes home to get the money for the visit.
(b) That she goes home to rest.
(c) That she starts thinking of which relatives to call.
(d) That she starts remembering what happened to Jim.

3. Why does the doctor ask Ann about the name, Charlotte?
(a) Jim told the doctor about Charlotte the week before.
(b) Jim has the name and number on a note in his pocket.
(c) Jim mentioned the name in his letter.
(d) Jim keeps repeating the name.

4. What does Jim tell the doctor is affecting his work negatively?
(a) His age.
(b) His height.
(c) His attitude.
(d) His weight.

5. What does Jim say when he becomes conscious at the end of Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) That he wants Charlotte.
(b) That he wants a cigarette.
(c) That he wants to die.
(d) That he wants a doctor.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many days have passed since the previous scene as the third scene in Act 1 begins?

2. How does Jim respond to Ann after he first wakes up?

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

4. Where did Jim go right after he took the pills?

5. What is Dr. Kramer's evaluation of Jim in Act 1, Scene 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the test that Dr. Bellman gives to Jim and how does it prove Jim's sanity?

2. How is the convalescent ward compared to a prison sentence?

3. What do the actions of the other patients in Act 2, Scene 5 indicate?

4. What is Jim's state of mind in Act 1, Scene 1, and what does he admit to?

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

6. What does Miss Wingate give Jim in Act 2, Scene 3, and what does it represent?

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

9. What does Jim tell Dr. Schlesinger about Ann, and how does the doctor respond?

10. Why are Ann and Dr. Schlesinger talking in the beginning of Act 1, Scene 4, and what is their reason for hiding it from Jim?

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