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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. Among the various different patient types Jim meets in the beginning of Act 2, how do some of them seem to him?
2. What does Jim think is a waste of time?
3. What does Jim challenge Grosberg about in Act 1, Scene 5?
4. How long does Ann tell Jim his new location will be for?
5. What does Jim tell Dr. Bellman that Ann needed?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Ann do in the beginning of Act 3 that adds to her control over Jim?
2. What is the important discovery Jim makes about Ann at the end of Act 1?
3. How does the nature of the theater and performing arts business during the 1950s lead Jim to believe that he will not be able to regain his former success?
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. According to the doctors in the second scene of Act 3, how has Jim been behaving?
6. What does Jim learn from Miss Wingate about Ann at the end of Act 2, Scene 3?
7. According to what Jim tells Dr. Schlesinger, what is the event that triggered his intent to end his life?
8. How is Jim calmed down after his outburst and what is again brought into focus?
9. What is a shrike and why did the author choose it for the title of the play?
10. What is "seven" and what is its purpose in the play?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Kramm uses various literary devices to make his points in The Shrike.
1) Identify and describe 3 examples of foreshadowing in the play.
2) Identify and describe 3 examples of symbolism in the play.
3) For the above examples, explain what they added to the play, and why the author choose to use them at those specific times.
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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