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 does Jim ask Grosberg to do for him?

2. When was Jim's last play?

3. Why does Jim feel that he is being detained in the fifth scene of the play?

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. Why is the conversation between Jim and Ann in the beginning of Act 2, Scene 4 important?

2. What happens at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 3 that shocks Jim?

3. What name does Jim keep repeating, how does Ann respond to the name in Act 1, Scene 1, and what does Dr. Kramer tell her as the scene ends?

4. Who is Tom and what is the purpose for his visit in Act 3, Scene 3?

5. What is Jim's mood like at the start of Act 1, Scene 5, and what does he learn about the convalescent ward?

6. What is significant about Jim's insurance policy?

7. 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?

8. When does Act 3, Scene 2 take place and who is meeting at the beginning of the scene?

9. What test do the doctors give to Jim in Act 3, Scene 2, and what is the point of it?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Kramm uses various literary devices to make his points in The Shrike.

1) Identify and describe 3 examples of foreshadowing in the play.

2) Identify and describe 3 examples of symbolism in the play.

3) For the above examples, explain what they added to the play, and why the author choose to use them at those specific times.

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