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 long has Ann been at Jim's bedside?

2. What does Jim refuse to discuss with Dr. Bellman in Act 2, Scene 2?

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

4. How is Jim Downs brought into the hospital?

5. When the doctor questions him in Act 1, Scene 2, what does Jim say about his life?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the author use the scenery to match Jim's mood in the beginning of Act 1, Scene 3?

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

5. How does Jim respond to Dr. Bellman at the end of Act 2, Scene 4, and what do Ann and the doctor discuss?

6. How does the nature of the theater and performing arts business during the 1950s lead Jim to believe that he will not be able to regain his former success?

7. What is the important discovery Jim makes about Ann at the end of Act 1?

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

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

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

Analyze why the author chooses The Shrike for the title of the book. Describe in detail what a shrike is and which characters personify it the most in the play. Include a description of the events the characters are involved in and how they they reflect a shrike's actions.

Essay Topic 2

The other patients are used to contrast Jim's situation at different times during the play.

1) What are the most significant differences between Jim and the other patients? Why are those differences necessary to his position?

2) Describe the patients that you think are the most similar to Jim and the ones that are the most different. For each of them, what role do they play in the plot and the overall message?

Essay Topic 3

What were some of the key turning points for Jim and Ann throughout the play? Describe the situations that revealed significant shifts in their relationship, or realizations that altered it dramatically. Also, include your reasons for selecting those events using the play to support your choices.

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