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. What is Dr. Bellman unable to give Jim as Act 2, Scene 2 ends?

2. What morning is it when Act 1, Scene 4 begins?

3. What does Jim learn about the monitoring system from the other patients in Act 2?

4. When does the first scene of The Shrike take place?

5. What do Grosberg and Mr. Fleming inform Jim of, which surprises him?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to the doctors in the second scene of Act 3, how has Jim been behaving?

2. Who is Harry, what is he like, and how does Jim respond to him?

3. What do the actions of the other patients in Act 2, Scene 5 indicate?

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

5. How does Jim handle Dr. Bellman in the fourth scene of Act 3 and why?

6. 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?

7. What does Miss Wingate give Jim in Act 2, Scene 3, and what does it represent?

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

9. When does Act 3, Scene 2 take place and who is meeting at the beginning of the scene?

10. How does Jim's visit with Dr. Bellman highlight the hospital's flaws when it comes to the way they treat patients?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Describe the hospital in Act 1, Scene 1, including the atmosphere, staff, and doctors. Use examples from the play to depict how the patients are given a limited amount of freedom there. Also, include which characters contribute to the overall setting the most and the least. What is Kramm trying to establish in the beginning of the play?

Essay Topic 3

How does Ann appear in the very beginning of the play? Why is it important that she is not revealing any signs of her real intentions for Jim? How does this play a crucial role in her ability to gain the trust of the doctors and hospital staff?

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