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. Who did Ann call after receiving the phone call she is telling the doctors about?

2. When the doctor questions him in Act 1, Scene 2, what does Jim say about his life?

3. In what way does Jim eventually respond to Dr. Bellman's first request?

4. What does Mr. Fleming tell Jim about the convalescent ward?

5. Who called Ann earlier in the day?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Jim brought into the hospital and what is the reason he is there?

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

3. What does Jim tell Dr. Schlesinger about Ann, and how does the doctor respond?

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

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

6. How is Ann acting in Act 1, Scene 2, and what indication does she give the doctors about her intentions?

7. What is Jim's theory about life and death, and why his suicide attempt should not been seen as selfish?

8. How might Harry be able to help Jim, and why doesn't he?

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

10. What does the time period in which the play was written have to do with why Jim felt the way that he did?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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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