Short Essay Questions Key
1. What is the cleaning crew of the mental hospital called?
The cleaning crew is referred to as the black boys, causing some readers and academics to say that "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" is a racist book.
2. Who is the narrator of the story?
Chief Bromden, also known as Chief Broom, is the narrator of the novel, and is considered a Chronic on the ward. He pretends to be deaf and mute, though neither is true.
3. What causes Nurse Ratched to fly into a rage at the start of the novel?
Nurse Ratched is upset because she finds the young black men talking in a group instead of cleaning.
4. What is the punishment for the men after the incident in #3 takes place?
The men receive no more than a curt reprimand as the inmates have entered the room when Nurse Ratched begins to become upset.
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