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 long does Ann tell Jim his new location will be for?

2. Why does Jim feel that he is being detained in the fifth scene of the play?

3. Who is Dr. Bellman?

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

5. What job does Jim currently hold?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does the nature of the theater and performing arts business during the 1950s lead Jim to believe that he will not be able to regain his former success?

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

5. How is Jim released and what does he tell Ann on the phone?

6. What does Tom say about Ann's family and how is this another example of her control over him?

7. Who is Tom and what is the purpose for his visit in Act 3, Scene 3?

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

9. 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?

10. How does Jim respond to Dr. Bellman at the end of Act 2, Scene 4, and what do Ann and the doctor discuss?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In The Shrike, the author uses the background to illustrate certain aspects of the play and its characters.

1) Describe 3 examples of how imagery or scenery is used in the play and what each one represents.

2) For the examples in Part 1, explain how they relate back to the character or characters in that scene.

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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