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

2. Who is always the first patient out of bed?

3. Who are the black boys?

4. How were the patients being tested for TB?

5. Who explodes irrationally at Harding?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are some of the memories that the Chief recalls as the electroshock therapy hits him?

3. 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?

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

5. What does Chief Broom do to help save McMurphy from his new vegetative state?

6. What causes Nurse Ratched to fly into a rage at the start of the novel?

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

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

9. What does Nurse Ratched finally do in order to begin to topple the reign of McMurphy?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Solitary confinement seems like one of the most horrible ways to be punished. It's used in prisons and in mental wards, after all. Why do you think this has been used as a tool of punishment for so long? Do you think it's effective? Why or why not? Are there certain people who benefit more from this seclusion than others? Why or why not? Is there a better way to punish someone?

Essay Topic 2

When the Chief finally decides to speak, he chooses to speak to McMurphy. This is not the only person that McMurphy helps to open up. Why do you think the patients trust McMurphy? What qualities does he possess that make him a confidant? Do you think McMurphy is actually helping in the patients' respective recoveries? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

McMurphy is accused of always 'winning things' as Chief Bromden puts it. What do you think this means to the other patients and to Chief Bromden? What are some of the things that McMurphy 'wins' on the ward? What are some of the things that McMurphy loses? Is it fair for McMurphy to be thought of as someone who is manipulating others? Why or why not?

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