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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 is Jim Downs brought into the hospital?
(a) On a gurney.
(b) He walks in assisted by his wife.
(c) He is carried by two ambulance drivers.
(d) In a wheelchair.

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 starts thinking of which relatives to call.
(c) That she starts remembering what happened to Jim.
(d) That she goes home to rest.

3. Why does Jim feel that he is being detained in the fifth scene of the play?
(a) For no reason.
(b) For very little reason.
(c) For too many reasons.
(d) For paranoid reasons.

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

5. What does Dr. Barrow ask Ann about Jim's letter?
(a) If she has a copy of it.
(b) Why she didn't bring the letter with her.
(c) If there are any explanations for Charlotte.
(d) If there are any explanations for suicide.

Short Answer Questions

1. What reason does Jim give Dr. Bellman for his suicide attempt?

2. What do patients reveal in a semi-conscious state, according to the doctor?

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

4. What does the nurse try to get away from Mr. Fleming?

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

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. What suggestion does Dr. Barrow make to Ann and why?

3. How does Jim exit Act 3, Scene 3, and what does Ann tell Dr. Bellman?

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

5. Why is the conversation between Jim and Ann in Act 1, Scene 3 significant?

6. How does the author use the scenery to match Jim's mood in the beginning of Act 1, Scene 3?

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

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

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

10. What is the important discovery Jim makes about Ann at the end of Act 1?

(see the answer keys)

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