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

2. When the doctor questions him in Act 1, Scene 2, what does Jim say about his life?
(a) It is a mess.
(b) It is over.
(c) It is a wreck.
(d) It is horrible.

3. How does Jim initially respond to Dr. Bellman's request?
(a) He is rude.
(b) He is nervous.
(c) He is silent.
(d) He is annoyed.

4. What does the doctor ask Jim when he first wakes up?
(a) His motives for separating with Ann.
(b) His motives for suicide.
(c) The reason for the type of pills he chose.
(d) The reason for his professional setbacks.

5. What is Ann's hope if Jim stays in the hospital and recovers slowly?
(a) That he will want to heal their marriage.
(b) That he will forget about Charlotte.
(c) That he will sign the divorce papers.
(d) That he will finally tell her who Charlotte is.

Short Answer Questions

1. What job does Jim currently hold?

2. When does the first scene of The Shrike take place?

3. What does Jim say when he becomes conscious at the end of Act 1, Scene 2?

4. What is Jim's main profession?

5. What is Dr. Bellman unable to give Jim as Act 2, Scene 2 ends?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Ann acting in Act 1, Scene 2, and what indication does she give the doctors about her intentions?

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

3. What are the circumstances around Jim's suicide attempt, as revealed in the first scene?

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

5. How might Harry be able to help Jim, and why doesn't he?

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

7. How does Jim handle Dr. Bellman in the fourth scene of Act 3 and why?

8. What does Dr. Bellman try to do at the beginning of Act 3, Scene 4?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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