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 happens in "seven", according to what the other patients tell Jim?

2. In the beginning of the play, what is critical to Jim's condition?

3. What is the fear that the other patients have of "seven"?

4. Where did Jim go right after he took the pills?

5. What does Jim think is a waste of time?

Short Essay Questions

1. When does Act 3, Scene 2 take place and who is meeting at the beginning of the scene?

2. What do the actions of the other patients in Act 2, Scene 5 indicate?

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

4. Why is the conversation between Jim and Ann in the beginning of Act 2, Scene 4 important?

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

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

7. Why are Ann and Dr. Schlesinger talking in the beginning of Act 1, Scene 4, and what is their reason for hiding it from Jim?

8. What are the circumstances around Jim's suicide attempt, as revealed in the first scene?

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

10. What is Jim's outburst and how is it symbolic?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the competency and efficiency of the hospital and each of the doctors involved with Jim's stay there. How does Jim unintentionally shed light to the problems the hospital has in treating patients? Does that contribute to the way he is treated? Why or why not? Use examples from the play to illustrate the role of the doctors, the reasons behind their actions, and why they were so useful to Ann.

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