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. Why does Jim feel that he is being detained in the fifth scene of the play?

2. What does Jim realize about Ann as Act 1 ends?

3. What do Grosberg and Mr. Fleming inform Jim of, which surprises him?

4. What does Dr. Barrow ask Ann about Jim's letter?

5. What does Jim tell the doctor is affecting his work negatively?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Jim calmed down after his outburst and what is again brought into focus?

2. What plan of action does Harry suggest that Jim follow and why?

3. What is significant about Jim's insurance policy?

4. What is a shrike and why did the author choose it for the title of the play?

5. What is the important discovery Jim makes about Ann at the end of Act 1?

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

9. What is the test that Dr. Bellman gives to Jim and how does it prove Jim's sanity?

10. How does Jim exit Act 3, Scene 3, and what does Ann tell Dr. Bellman?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the competency and efficiency of the hospital and each of the doctors involved with Jim's stay there. How does Jim unintentionally shed light to the problems the hospital has in treating patients? Does that contribute to the way he is treated? Why or why not? Use examples from the play to illustrate the role of the doctors, the reasons behind their actions, and why they were so useful to Ann.

Essay Topic 3

The staff at the hospital played a necessary role in Jim's stay, state of mind, and actions.

1) Describe the characters you think were the most influential in Jim's hospital stay, how they were depicted, and the ways they affected Jim's actions.

2) Which scenes that included Jim's interactions with the hospital staff were the most important to the plot? Explain the specific part of the scenes and how they were significant to the play.

3) Why do you think there were so many different doctors and attendants that interacted with Jim? What does that display for the hospital's role in the play? Why is this effective in leading to the eventual outcome?

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