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

2. What does Jim tell the doctor about Charlotte in the fourth scene of Act 1?

3. What reason does Jim give Dr. Bellman for his suicide attempt?

4. What is Jim's main profession?

5. How long has Ann been at Jim's bedside?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Ann acting in Act 1, Scene 2, and what indication does she give the doctors about her intentions?

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

3. What does Miss Wingate give Jim in Act 2, Scene 3, and what does it represent?

4. What suggestion does Dr. Barrow make to Ann and why?

5. What is significant about Jim's insurance policy?

6. How is Jim calmed down after his outburst and what is again brought into focus?

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

8. How does the conversation between Ann and Dr. Schlesinger have a negative effect on Jim's chances to leave the hospital, and what are Ann's possible motives for her opinion?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Ann appear in the very beginning of the play? Why is it important that she is not revealing any signs of her real intentions for Jim? How does this play a crucial role in her ability to gain the trust of the doctors and hospital staff?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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