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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. In what way does Jim eventually respond to Dr. Bellman's first request?
3. Who did Ann call after receiving the phone call she is telling the doctors about?
4. What kind of mood is Jim in as the fifth scene in the play begins?
5. What does Mr. Fleming give to Grosberg?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Jim's mood in the last scene of Act 2, and why does he feel that way?
2. What do Grosberg and Mr. Fleming reveal to Jim that surprises him, and how does it reflect a larger issue in the hospital?
3. How is Jim calmed down after his outburst and what is again brought into focus?
4. What are the circumstances around Jim's suicide attempt, as revealed in the first scene?
5. How does Jim exit Act 3, Scene 3, and what does Ann tell Dr. Bellman?
6. How does Dr. Kramer assess Jim and what does that mean for his possible release?
7. What is the important discovery Jim makes about Ann at the end of Act 1?
8. How are the patients in the convalescent ward described, and what is the contrast between them and Jim in Act 2, Scene 1?
9. 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?
10. What is interesting about the doctors' ability to assess Jim at this point in the play?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What is relevant about the time in which the play was written? How does it affect Jim's outlook on his life? Explain why Jim was likely to feel as desperate as his did with his career, life, and self-worth. Use examples from the play to provide a detailed analysis of how men were perceived during that time as well as the way the theater/entertainment industry operated differently than it does today.
Essay Topic 2
The first scene features Jim being admitted into the hospital in a manner that foreshadows future events.
1) How is Jim first introduced and what are the circumstances around his hospital visit? What is the significance of the way he is brought in and the explanation given at his arrival? How do the doctors attempt to gain information from him and what does he provide them with? Why is this important to the plot?
2) Describe the letter that is referred to in the first scene and why it is a clue that becomes more substantial later in the play.
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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