The Shrike Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Joseph Kramm
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Jim initially respond to Dr. Bellman's request?

2. Who did Ann call after receiving the phone call she is telling the doctors about?

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

4. What happens in "seven", according to what the other patients tell Jim?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is Jim's mood in the last scene of Act 2, and why does he feel that way?

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

7. What does Ann do in the beginning of Act 3 that adds to her control over Jim?

8. What test do the doctors give to Jim in Act 3, Scene 2, and what is the point of it?

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

10. What is significant about Jim's insurance policy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The first scene features Jim being admitted into the hospital in a manner that foreshadows future events.

1) How is Jim first introduced and what are the circumstances around his hospital visit? What is the significance of the way he is brought in and the explanation given at his arrival? How do the doctors attempt to gain information from him and what does he provide them with? Why is this important to the plot?

2) Describe the letter that is referred to in the first scene and why it is a clue that becomes more substantial later in the play.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the difference in Jim's mood and behavior in the beginning of the play with how it changes throughout the events that take place. Include what causes the change and whether or not you think it is justified. Use the book as a reference and provide examples for your analysis.

Essay Topic 3

Kramm uses various literary devices to make his points in The Shrike.

1) Identify and describe 3 examples of foreshadowing in the play.

2) Identify and describe 3 examples of symbolism in the play.

3) For the above examples, explain what they added to the play, and why the author choose to use them at those specific times.

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