Mid-Book Test - Hard
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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. Why does Jim feel that he is being detained in the fifth scene of the play?
2. What does Jim realize about Ann as Act 1 ends?
3. What do Grosberg and Mr. Fleming inform Jim of, which surprises him?
4. What does Dr. Barrow ask Ann about Jim's letter?
5. What does Jim tell the doctor is affecting his work negatively?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is Jim calmed down after his outburst and what is again brought into focus?
2. What plan of action does Harry suggest that Jim follow and why?
3. What is significant about Jim's insurance policy?
4. What is a shrike and why did the author choose it for the title of the play?
5. What is the important discovery Jim makes about Ann at the end of Act 1?
6. 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?
7. How does Jim respond to Dr. Bellman at the end of Act 2, Scene 4, and what do Ann and the doctor discuss?
8. What happens at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 3 that shocks Jim?
9. What is the test that Dr. Bellman gives to Jim and how does it prove Jim's sanity?
10. How does Jim exit Act 3, Scene 3, and what does Ann tell Dr. Bellman?
Essay Topic 1
Charlotte is a very interesting character because she was never seen. Explain why you think the author chose to portray her this way. What does she represent for Jim? Why is that important and what does her absence mean for his situation? Describe in what ways Charlotte may have been able to help Jim and how she was prevented from participating in his life. Also, discuss Jim and Charlotte's relationship and why you think he was willing to never see her again by ending his life, despite the fact that she seemed so important to him and turned out to be a great source of hope for him. What reasons could he have had for not sensing her importance before? Was that a mistake on his part? In what way?
Essay Topic 2
What were some of the key turning points for Jim and Ann throughout the play? Describe the situations that revealed significant shifts in their relationship, or realizations that altered it dramatically. Also, include your reasons for selecting those events using the play to support your choices.
Essay Topic 3
The staff at the hospital played a necessary role in Jim's stay, state of mind, and actions.
1) Describe the characters you think were the most influential in Jim's hospital stay, how they were depicted, and the ways they affected Jim's actions.
2) Which scenes that included Jim's interactions with the hospital staff were the most important to the plot? Explain the specific part of the scenes and how they were significant to the play.
3) Why do you think there were so many different doctors and attendants that interacted with Jim? What does that display for the hospital's role in the play? Why is this effective in leading to the eventual outcome?
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