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

2. What is Jim's state of mind when the doctors attempt to question him in Act 1, Scene 1?

3. According to Jim, how would all of the people he knows react to his death?

4. What does Dr. Bellman give Jim at the end of the second scene in Act 2?

5. What did the letter that Jim wrote indicate?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is significant about what Jim says at the end of Act 1, Scene 2, and the dialogue between him and Ann?

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

3. What is Jim's mood in the last scene of Act 2, and why does he feel that way?

4. What is significant about the time of year that the play takes place and what possible reason could the author have had for choosing it?

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

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

7. 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?

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

9. How does Jim respond to Dr. Bellman at the end of Act 2, Scene 4, and what do Ann and the doctor discuss?

10. How do the nurses interact with the patients in the beginning of the play and what does that illustrate?

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

Compare and contrast the difference in Jim's mood and behavior in the beginning of the play with how it changes throughout the events that take place. Include what causes the change and whether or not you think it is justified. Use the book as a reference and provide examples for your analysis.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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