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 do patients reveal in a semi-conscious state, according to the doctor?

2. What does Mr. Fleming give to Grosberg?

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

4. What does the nurse suggest to Ann in the beginning of Act 1, Scene 2?

5. What kind of mood is Jim in as the fifth scene in the play begins?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Dr. Kramer assess Jim and what does that mean for his possible release?

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

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. According to what Jim tells Dr. Schlesinger, what is the event that triggered his intent to end his life?

5. How does Jim exit Act 3, Scene 3, and what does Ann tell Dr. Bellman?

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

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

8. 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?

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

10. What does the time period in which the play was written have to do with why Jim felt the way that he did?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is relevant about the time in which the play was written? How does it affect Jim's outlook on his life? Explain why Jim was likely to feel as desperate as his did with his career, life, and self-worth. Use examples from the play to provide a detailed analysis of how men were perceived during that time as well as the way the theater/entertainment industry operated differently than it does today.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the difference in Jim's mood and behavior in the beginning of the play with how it changes throughout the events that take place. Include what causes the change and whether or not you think it is justified. Use the book as a reference and provide examples for your analysis.

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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