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 morning is it when Act 1, Scene 4 begins?

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

3. What does Ann tell Jim when he first wakes up in the hospital?

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 the nurse suggest to Ann in the beginning of Act 1, Scene 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to what Jim tells Dr. Schlesinger, what is the event that triggered his intent to end his life?

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

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

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

5. Who is Gregory and what point does he make at the end of Act 2, Scene 1?

6. How is Jim calmed down after his outburst and what is again brought into focus?

7. As the doctors try to find out a possible reason for Jim's actions in Act 1, Scene 2, what does Ann reveal to them about his career?

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

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

10. How do the nurses interact with the patients in the beginning of the play and what does that illustrate?

Essay 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

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 3

Analyze the competency and efficiency of the hospital and each of the doctors involved with Jim's stay there. How does Jim unintentionally shed light to the problems the hospital has in treating patients? Does that contribute to the way he is treated? Why or why not? Use examples from the play to illustrate the role of the doctors, the reasons behind their actions, and why they were so useful to Ann.

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