Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why does Jim feel that he is being detained in the fifth scene of the play?
2. What does Jim realize about Ann as Act 1 ends?
3. What do Grosberg and Mr. Fleming inform Jim of, which surprises him?
4. What does Dr. Barrow ask Ann about Jim's letter?
5. What does Jim tell the doctor is affecting his work negatively?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is Jim calmed down after his outburst and what is again brought into focus?
2. What plan of action does Harry suggest that Jim follow and why?
3. What is significant about Jim's insurance policy?
4. What is a shrike and why did the author choose it for the title of the play?
5. What is the important discovery Jim makes about Ann at the end of Act 1?
6. 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?
7. How does Jim respond to Dr. Bellman at the end of Act 2, Scene 4, and what do Ann and the doctor discuss?
8. What happens at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 3 that shocks Jim?
9. What is the test that Dr. Bellman gives to Jim and how does it prove Jim's sanity?
10. How does Jim exit Act 3, Scene 3, and what does Ann tell Dr. Bellman?
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?
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?
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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