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 think about Charlotte?

2. Who is Dr. Barrow?

3. What is Ann's hope if Jim stays in the hospital and recovers slowly?

4. As he explains to the doctor, what did Jim not have enough money to buy?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. How is the convalescent ward compared to a prison sentence?

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

5. Who is Gregory and what point does he make at the end of Act 2, Scene 1?

6. What is interesting about the things that Jim tells Dr. Bellman about Ann, and what he will not tell him about Charlotte?

7. 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?

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

10. According to what Jim tells Dr. Schlesinger, what is the event that triggered his intent to end his life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Harry visits Jim and provides a suggestion that leads to Jim's release from the hospital.

1) Describe Harry and his character traits in detail. How are they different than Jim's? In what way does Harry's priorities dictate his actions and cause him to become weaker?

2) What can Harry do to help Jim? Why does he instead choose to see his brother suffer? Which characteristics of Harry prevent him from standing up to Ann?

3) What is the plan that Harry suggests to Jim and why does the author choose him to introduce it? Why has Jim not thought of this before?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Explain in detail what "seven" is and what it actually represents in terms of Jim's character and the hospital in general. Use the events in the book to analyze how "seven" was used, citing specific examples to illustrate its purpose.

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