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 did the letter that Jim wrote indicate?

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

3. Who is Gregory?

4. What does Jim reveal to the doctor about Ann in Act 1, Scene 4?

5. What does Jim think is a waste of time?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to the doctors in the second scene of Act 3, how has Jim been behaving?

2. What does Ann do in the beginning of Act 3 that adds to her control over Jim?

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

4. How does Jim handle Dr. Bellman in the fourth scene of Act 3 and why?

5. 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?

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 is ironic about the way the play ends and what message was the author trying to deliver?

9. What does Dr. Bellman try to do at the beginning of Act 3, Scene 4?

10. Why is the conversation between Jim and Ann in Act 1, Scene 3 significant?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In The Shrike, the author uses the background to illustrate certain aspects of the play and its characters.

1) Describe 3 examples of how imagery or scenery is used in the play and what each one represents.

2) For the examples in Part 1, explain how they relate back to the character or characters in that scene.

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

How does Ann appear in the very beginning of the play? Why is it important that she is not revealing any signs of her real intentions for Jim? How does this play a crucial role in her ability to gain the trust of the doctors and hospital staff?

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