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 Ann accept from Miss Cardell while she waits with Jim in the second scene of Act 1?

2. What reason does Ann give for why Jim might not be ready to leave for his job interview?

3. How many days have passed since the previous scene as the third scene in Act 1 begins?

4. What is the state of some of the other patients Jim encounters in Act 2, Scene 1?

5. What does Jim tell the doctor about Charlotte in the fourth scene of Act 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. What is Jim's outburst and how is it symbolic?

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

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

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

7. How does Jim's visit with Dr. Bellman highlight the hospital's flaws when it comes to the way they treat patients?

8. What do Grosberg and Mr. Fleming reveal to Jim that surprises him, and how does it reflect a larger issue in the hospital?

9. What is Jim's state of mind in Act 1, Scene 1, and what does he admit to?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Jim's theory about life and death and why he does not view his suicide attempt as selfish. Analyze his thought process and whether or not it is valid. Also, explain his ideas about mourning and how they show a larger problem for him and the way he looks at life. Use examples from the play to analyze Jim's theory and what part it played in his eventual captivity.

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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