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. How does Jim first appear in the third scene of Act 1?

2. How does Jim respond to Ann after he first wakes up?

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

4. What does Jim tell Dr. Bellman that Ann needed?

5. Who is Gregory?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Miss Wingate advise Jim of and why is it significant?

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

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

4. What do Grosberg and Mr. Fleming reveal to Jim that surprises him, and how does it reflect a larger issue in the hospital?

5. What does Ann do in the beginning of Act 3 that adds to her control over Jim?

6. 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?

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 does Dr. Bellman try to do at the beginning of Act 3, Scene 4?

9. 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?

10. What is "seven" and what is its purpose in the play?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ann clearly has an agenda.

1) Describe Ann's character in detail, including the personality traits that you think are the most important, and how the author displays them.

2) Explain what Ann's objective is and why she is willing to act in extreme ways to attain it.

3) Why do you think Ann wants Jim to return to their marriage so badly? Describe the events in the book that might lead to the answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Compare and contrast the difference in Jim's mood and behavior in the beginning of the play with how it changes throughout the events that take place. Include what causes the change and whether or not you think it is justified. Use the book as a reference and provide examples for your analysis.

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