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 did Ann call after receiving the phone call she is telling the doctors about?

2. When were Jim and Ann supposed to meet?

3. How does Jim feel that he has acted since entering the hospital, as he describes in Act 1, Scene 5?

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

5. How is Jim Downs brought into the hospital?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is significant about what Jim says at the end of Act 1, Scene 2, and the dialogue between him and Ann?

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

5. 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?

6. 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?

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

8. What is Jim's mood in the last scene of Act 2, and why does he feel that way?

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

10. What is the test that Dr. Bellman gives to Jim and how does it prove Jim's sanity?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Tom, his role in Ann's scheme, and 3 ways that he contributed to Jim's surrender. Why were they significant and what reason does the author have for waiting until the second to last act to make Tom appear?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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