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 does Jim reveal to the doctor about Ann in Act 1, Scene 4?

2. What does Ann think about Charlotte?

3. Who called Ann earlier in the day?

4. When does the first scene of The Shrike take place?

5. What is likely to happen if a patient gets sent to "seven"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author use the scenery to match Jim's mood in the beginning of Act 1, Scene 3?

2. 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?

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

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

5. What is interesting about the things that Jim tells Dr. Bellman about Ann, and what he will not tell him about Charlotte?

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

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

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

9. How is Jim brought into the hospital and what is the reason he is there?

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

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 2

The other patients are used to contrast Jim's situation at different times during the play.

1) What are the most significant differences between Jim and the other patients? Why are those differences necessary to his position?

2) Describe the patients that you think are the most similar to Jim and the ones that are the most different. For each of them, what role do they play in the plot and the overall message?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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