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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 refuse to discuss with Dr. Bellman in Act 2, Scene 2?
(a) His brother.
(b) The theater.
(c) His job.
(d) Charlotte.

2. According to Gregory, what is the patient's responsibility to prove?
(a) That the doctors are ignorant.
(b) That the doctors are crazy.
(c) That they are not crazy.
(d) That they are crazy.

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

4. What does Ann think about Charlotte?
(a) That she may be able to help Jim recover faster.
(b) That she is behind Jim's suicide attempt.
(c) That she tried to kill Jim.
(d) She has no idea who Charlotte is.

5. What does Grosberg tell Jim that some other patients do not need in order to be released?
(a) Their wife's permission.
(b) To spend time in the convalescent ward.
(c) Their doctor's consent.
(d) To be fully functional.

Short Answer Questions

1. When the doctor questions him in Act 1, Scene 2, what does Jim say about his life?

2. What does Ann admit to Dr. Schlesinger about Jim's past?

3. What does Dr. Bellman ask Jim in the beginning of Act 2, Scene 2?

4. Who does Ann originally share her concerns with about Jim's ability to leave the hospital?

5. What kind of mood is Jim in as the fifth scene in the play begins?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

5. What is Jim's outburst and how is it symbolic?

6. How do the nurses interact with the patients in the beginning of the play and what does that illustrate?

7. What is significant about what Jim says at the end of Act 1, Scene 2, and the dialogue between him and Ann?

8. What is Jim's theory about life and death, and why his suicide attempt should not been seen as selfish?

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

10. 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?

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