One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 McMurphy compare the group meeting to?

2. What does McMurphy do that flusters Nurse Ratched?

3. What are the men waiting around to do one Friday in the lab?

4. Who does McMurphy talk to when they arrive at the place of their excursion trip?

5. How many people vote for the World Series on the second vote?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why doesn't Nurse Ratched want McMurphy sent to the Disturbed ward?

2. How does Chief describe the days in the ward?

3. Why does the shaving of his head upset Chief Bromden?

4. What does Harding's wife do when she comes to visit?

5. Harding's wife comes to visit, causing everyone to see why she upsets him so much. What is McMurphy's reaction when Harding asks McMurphy his opinion of his wife?

6. When McMurphy tries to get the men to agree to watch the World Series, the second vote yields more votes than the first, but why isn't it valid, according to Nurse Ratched?

7. Which patients are the ones whose brains have been altered beyond repair from shock therapy and tranquilizers?

8. What is the punishment for the men after the incident in #3 takes place?

9. What action does McMurphy take as a result of #29?

10. What does Nurse Ratched tell the young black men to do before breakfast?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

This novel is often seen as a scathing review of mental health in the United States, and in this sense, it's quite timeless. Though facilities have changed, do you think this novel presents an accurate representation of mental health facilities today? Why or why not? What things seem like they would never happen in today's world? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The story of McMurphy's childhood years shows the reader that he was not always as strong as he now is, that he had to learn that the only person who would take care of him was himself. Do you agree with this statement? Do you think this is a healthy mental state to live in or an unhealthy mindset? Why or why not? If McMurphy hadn't been ignored as a child, do you think he would have figured out the lesson on his own? Or do people need something horrible to happen before they can learn some lessons? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Randle McMurphy comes into the ward like a madman - which is interesting enough, given the circumstances. However, he's not crazy, at least, the reader isn't lead to believe so. However, at times, it does seem like he is someone that could benefit from therapy and even medications. Do you think McMurphy should be in the ward? Why or why not? Do you feel he needs professional help? Why or why not? Do you think McMurphy believes he needs any help at all? Why or why not?

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