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. How does Jim first appear in the third scene of Act 1?

2. Who is the Miss Hansen?

3. Who called Ann earlier in the day?

4. What morning is it when Act 1, Scene 4 begins?

5. In what way does Jim eventually respond to Dr. Bellman's first request?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

5. How is the convalescent ward compared to a prison sentence?

6. What is significant about the time of year that the play takes place and what possible reason could the author have had for choosing it?

7. What is Jim's theory about life and death, and why his suicide attempt should not been seen as selfish?

8. What does Jim tell Dr. Schlesinger about Ann, and how does the doctor respond?

9. What is Tom's suggestion for Jim, and how does Jim respond?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Charlotte is a very interesting character because she was never seen. Explain why you think the author chose to portray her this way. What does she represent for Jim? Why is that important and what does her absence mean for his situation? Describe in what ways Charlotte may have been able to help Jim and how she was prevented from participating in his life. Also, discuss Jim and Charlotte's relationship and why you think he was willing to never see her again by ending his life, despite the fact that she seemed so important to him and turned out to be a great source of hope for him. What reasons could he have had for not sensing her importance before? Was that a mistake on his part? In what way?

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

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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