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. What is Jim doing at the end of Act 2, Scene 5?

2. How is Jim's mood as the fifth scene in Act 2 ends?

3. Who is Miss Wingate?

4. Where does Jim go as the third scene in Act 3 ends?

5. What does Ann tell Dr. Bellman in Act 3, Scene 3?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dr. Barrow recommends to Ann that she question Jim when he first becomes conscious.

1) What is the doctor's reason for talking to Jim in a semi-conscious state? Why is it relevant to the type of information retrieved from him?

2) Using the information revealed later in the play, how do Jim's initial responses accurately confirm what the doctor stated? Why is this both ironic and symbolic of later events? How is Ann's response an indication of her true motives in the same way that Jim's response reflects his?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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