The Shrike Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

Joseph Kramm
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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 Topics

Essay Topic 1

What do you think the author's intent was for ending the play so tragically?

1) What is the message he is conveying with Jim's hopelessness? How is Jim's release from the hospital ironic? What is your opinion of the way Jim sacrifices everything in his life that makes him happy in order to live a life of restriction and control.

2) How is Jim's life with Ann similar to his stay at the hospital? Which one do you think is worse? Why?

3) What was Jim's role in the ending? How much of the responsibility should he claim for how his life turned out? To what extent is he a victim compared to a contributor? Why?

4) Was there another way to end the play where Jim did not have to suffer so much? If not, why? If there was, what could it have been?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The other patients are used to contrast Jim's situation at different times during the play.

1) What are the most significant differences between Jim and the other patients? Why are those differences necessary to his position?

2) Describe the patients that you think are the most similar to Jim and the ones that are the most different. For each of them, what role do they play in the plot and the overall message?

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