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 old is Dr. Kramer?

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

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

4. Among the various different patient types Jim meets in the beginning of Act 2, how do some of them seem to him?

5. What does Dr. Bellman give Jim at the end of the second scene in Act 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is significant about the time of year that the play takes place and what possible reason could the author have had for choosing it?

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

10. How is Jim brought into the hospital and what is the reason he is there?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Analyze why the author chooses The Shrike for the title of the book. Describe in detail what a shrike is and which characters personify it the most in the play. Include a description of the events the characters are involved in and how they they reflect a shrike's actions.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Dr. Barrow recommends to Ann that she question Jim when he first becomes conscious.

1) What is the doctor's reason for talking to Jim in a semi-conscious state? Why is it relevant to the type of information retrieved from him?

2) Using the information revealed later in the play, how do Jim's initial responses accurately confirm what the doctor stated? Why is this both ironic and symbolic of later events? How is Ann's response an indication of her true motives in the same way that Jim's response reflects his?

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