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 is EST, according to Harding?

2. What is taken away as a result of the World Series rebellions?

3. Does McMurphy move the item in #40 as he says he can?

4. When does the novel begin?

5. For whom did Chief Bromden's father make the decision he did in #65?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What changes McMurphy's mind about the way he has been acting on the ward?

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

5. Who is described as being alert and chipper, unlike other new admissions?

6. What is so special about Harding in relation to the rest of the patients on the ward?

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

8. How could Billy Bibbit be described?

9. When McMurphy rants about the state of affairs in the ward, how does Billy Bibbit respond?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The many rebellions against Nurse Ratched show the characters' ability to take action when they want to, but are these rebellions the best idea? Why or why not? What are the benefits of these rebellions? What are the downsides? Can you think of any other way the characters could have dealt with the nurse's manipulations?

Essay Topic 3

The rumors that Nurse Ratched spreads are a part of a passive aggressive strategy to undermine McMurphy's authority in the ward. Do you think these rumors were the best possible plan? Why or why not? What other things could she have done to create a soured image of McMurphy? Why do you think Nurse Ratched prefers more subtle methods of manipulation?

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