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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 Dr. Bellman give Jim at the end of the second scene in Act 2?
(a) A sanity test.
(b) Medicine.
(c) A scholastic test.
(d) A physical examination.

2. What does the nurse try to get away from Mr. Fleming?
(a) A pencil.
(b) A needle.
(c) Cigarettes.
(d) A bottle.

3. What does Jim learn about the monitoring system from the other patients in Act 2?
(a) The doctors choose which patients to monitor.
(b) Only their actions are being observed.
(c) Only their words are being listened to.
(d) Everything they say and do is being observed.

4. What does Jim tell Dr. Bellman that Ann needed?
(a) Money.
(b) A vacation.
(c) A psychiatrist.
(d) A job.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Jim tell the doctor about Charlotte in the fourth scene of Act 1?

2. What is Ann's hope if Jim stays in the hospital and recovers slowly?

3. What does Jim inform Ann of in the third scene of Act 1?

4. How does Jim describe suicide to Dr. Bellman?

5. How does Jim respond to the new job interview?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the time period in which the play was written have to do with why Jim felt the way that he did?

2. How does Dr. Kramer assess Jim and what does that mean for his possible release?

3. According to what Jim tells Dr. Schlesinger, what is the event that triggered his intent to end his life?

4. What plan of action does Harry suggest that Jim follow and why?

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

6. What happens at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 3 that shocks Jim?

7. How does Ann exercise even more control over Jim in Act 2, Scene 4?

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

9. What does Jim learn from Miss Wingate about Ann at the end of Act 2, Scene 3?

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?

(see the answer keys)

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