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. Does the extra vote in #44 help McMurphy win a chance to see the World Series?

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

3. What is McMurphy supposed to be doing during the time in #46?

4. What is another name for the narrator of the story?

5. Who is allowed to be the meetings with the staff?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

5. While the men understand McMurphy's change in behavior, what tragic event occurs that makes the ward go back to its normal routine?

6. How could Billy Bibbit be described?

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

8. When Nurse Ratched tells McMurphy that he can not wear a towel when walking around in the ward, what does McMurphy do?

9. How could the patients of the ward be described?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The patients of the ward all seem to have their own troubles and issues, but as a whole, they don't seem to be an unhappy bunch. Or do they? What signs do you see that point to the well being of the characters in this book? Which characters are more well adjusted than others? Why do you say this? Which characters are the least well adjusted? Why do you say this?

Essay Topic 2

The nurses in the story run the gamut of nice to downright mean and manipulative. Is there a better nursing style in relation to these patients? Why did you answer the way you did? Choose one nurse character as the ideal nurse for this ward. Why did you choose this nurse? Do you think Nurse Ratched's style is well suited for this ward? Why or why not?

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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