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. Who did Ann call after receiving the phone call she is telling the doctors about?

2. What does Dr. Bellman give Jim at the end of the second scene in Act 2?

3. How old is Dr. Kramer?

4. Why are many of the nurses away for the week?

5. What kind of mood is Jim in as the fifth scene in the play begins?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the convalescent ward compared to a prison sentence?

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

3. What are the circumstances around Jim's suicide attempt, as revealed in the first scene?

4. How does Dr. Kramer assess Jim and what does that mean for his possible release?

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

6. What plan of action does Harry suggest that Jim follow and why?

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 is significant about Jim's insurance policy?

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

10. What is Tom's suggestion for Jim, and how does Jim respond?

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

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

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?

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