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 Dr. Barrow suggest that Ann does when Jim becomes semi-conscious?

2. How many pills does Jim admit to taking?

3. Why are many of the nurses away for the week?

4. How does Ann respond to the doctor's request that Jim be given his Last Rites?

5. What do patients reveal in a semi-conscious state, according to the doctor?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Jim's mood like at the start of Act 1, Scene 5, and what does he learn about the convalescent ward?

2. What does Tom say about Ann's family and how is this another example of her control over him?

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

4. What is Jim's outburst and how is it symbolic?

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

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. Why is the conversation between Jim and Ann in the beginning of Act 2, Scene 4 important?

8. How is Jim released and what does he tell Ann on the phone?

9. What suggestion does Dr. Barrow make to Ann and why?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the hospital in Act 1, Scene 1, including the atmosphere, staff, and doctors. Use examples from the play to depict how the patients are given a limited amount of freedom there. Also, include which characters contribute to the overall setting the most and the least. What is Kramm trying to establish in the beginning of the play?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What do you think the author's intent was for ending the play so tragically?

1) What is the message he is conveying with Jim's hopelessness? How is Jim's release from the hospital ironic? What is your opinion of the way Jim sacrifices everything in his life that makes him happy in order to live a life of restriction and control.

2) How is Jim's life with Ann similar to his stay at the hospital? Which one do you think is worse? Why?

3) What was Jim's role in the ending? How much of the responsibility should he claim for how his life turned out? To what extent is he a victim compared to a contributor? Why?

4) Was there another way to end the play where Jim did not have to suffer so much? If not, why? If there was, what could it have been?

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