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

2. What time is it at the start of Act 1, Scene 2?

3. How old is Dr. Kramer?

4. When does Ann tell Jim his interview for the theater job is?

5. What does the doctor ask Jim when he first wakes up?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What name does Jim keep repeating, how does Ann respond to the name in Act 1, Scene 1, and what does Dr. Kramer tell her as the scene ends?

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

6. Why is the conversation between Jim and Ann in the beginning of Act 2, Scene 4 important?

7. What does Jim challenge Grosberg about, and what does it represent in terms of the way the patients are viewed at the hospital?

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

9. What is significant about the time of year that the play takes place and what possible reason could the author have had for choosing it?

10. What happens at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 3 that shocks Jim?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is relevant about the time in which the play was written? How does it affect Jim's outlook on his life? Explain why Jim was likely to feel as desperate as his did with his career, life, and self-worth. Use examples from the play to provide a detailed analysis of how men were perceived during that time as well as the way the theater/entertainment industry operated differently than it does today.

Essay Topic 2

The staff at the hospital played a necessary role in Jim's stay, state of mind, and actions.

1) Describe the characters you think were the most influential in Jim's hospital stay, how they were depicted, and the ways they affected Jim's actions.

2) Which scenes that included Jim's interactions with the hospital staff were the most important to the plot? Explain the specific part of the scenes and how they were significant to the play.

3) Why do you think there were so many different doctors and attendants that interacted with Jim? What does that display for the hospital's role in the play? Why is this effective in leading to the eventual outcome?

Essay Topic 3

Explain in detail what "seven" is and what it actually represents in terms of Jim's character and the hospital in general. Use the events in the book to analyze how "seven" was used, citing specific examples to illustrate its purpose.

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