The Shrike Test | Final Test - Hard

Joseph Kramm
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Ann, who thinks that Jim should stay in the hospital?

2. As Act 3, Scene 2 concludes, what is the consensus of the doctors?

3. What does Jim want to know in Act 2, Scene 5?

4. What does Dr. Bellman decide to do for Jim in the last scene of Act 3?

5. What does Dr. Bellman keep in the last scene of the play?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The first scene features Jim being admitted into the hospital in a manner that foreshadows future events.

1) How is Jim first introduced and what are the circumstances around his hospital visit? What is the significance of the way he is brought in and the explanation given at his arrival? How do the doctors attempt to gain information from him and what does he provide them with? Why is this important to the plot?

2) Describe the letter that is referred to in the first scene and why it is a clue that becomes more substantial later in the play.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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