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. Who is Gregory?

2. What does Dr. Barrow ask Ann about Jim's letter?

3. What does Dr. Barrow suggest that Ann does when Jim becomes semi-conscious?

4. How many pills does Jim admit to taking?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How might Harry be able to help Jim, and why doesn't he?

3. 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?

4. What is Jim's mood like at the start of Act 1, Scene 5, and what does he learn about the convalescent ward?

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

6. What does Tom say about Ann's family and how is this another example of her control over him?

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

8. What is a shrike and why did the author choose it for the title of the play?

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

10. How does Jim's visit with Dr. Bellman highlight the hospital's flaws when it comes to the way they treat patients?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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