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. Where did McMurphy come from?

2. How long has the lifeguard been at the hospital?

3. Who comes to visit while the group of patients is at the library?

4. What does Nurse Ratched suggest has happened to McMurphy as he is singing in the hallway?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the most surprising thing that McMurphy learns as they are waiting to be tested for TB?

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

3. How will the men be punished for the rebellious behavior they exhibited during the World Series?

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

5. Which patients are the ones who have the highest likelihood of being cured?

6. What do the patients do when Nurse Ratched tells them to get away from the TV?

7. What is the cleaning crew of the mental hospital called?

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

9. What does McMurphy see as his ticket out of the mental ward?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Harding is the character in the story that seems to be the most well-adjusted, aside from McMurphy. So, why do you think he is in the ward to begin with? Is he hiding from his wife or is he genuinely trying to change himself? Why do you think he has so many troubles with his wife in the first place? Why do you think Harding married his wife?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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