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 job does Jim currently hold?

2. As he explains to the doctor, what did Jim not have enough money to buy?

3. What does Mr. Fleming tell Jim about the convalescent ward?

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

5. When were Jim and Ann supposed to meet?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Jim's theory about life and death, and why his suicide attempt should not been seen as selfish?

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

7. What is Jim's mood in the last scene of Act 2, and why does he feel that way?

8. What is the test that Dr. Bellman gives to Jim and how does it prove Jim's sanity?

9. What is significant about what Jim says at the end of Act 1, Scene 2, and the dialogue between him and Ann?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What were some of the key turning points for Jim and Ann throughout the play? Describe the situations that revealed significant shifts in their relationship, or realizations that altered it dramatically. Also, include your reasons for selecting those events using the play to support your choices.

Essay Topic 2

Describe Jim's theory about life and death and why he does not view his suicide attempt as selfish. Analyze his thought process and whether or not it is valid. Also, explain his ideas about mourning and how they show a larger problem for him and the way he looks at life. Use examples from the play to analyze Jim's theory and what part it played in his eventual captivity.

Essay Topic 3

The first scene features Jim being admitted into the hospital in a manner that foreshadows future events.

1) How is Jim first introduced and what are the circumstances around his hospital visit? What is the significance of the way he is brought in and the explanation given at his arrival? How do the doctors attempt to gain information from him and what does he provide them with? Why is this important to the plot?

2) Describe the letter that is referred to in the first scene and why it is a clue that becomes more substantial later in the play.

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