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 do the men do for an entire week when the World Series is supposed to be on?

2. Who is the narrator of this story?

3. What have the men all found at the hospital?

4. What is Nurse Ratched's reaction to the answer to #55?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is the narrator of the story?

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

3. 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?

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

5. What does Nurse Ratched do during this meeting that unnerves the other people in the room?

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

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

8. What has McMurphy's rebellious spirit caused the men of the ward to begin to do?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chief Bromden is an interesting character in this story. Not only has he been in the ward for a long time, but he is also the one responsible for narrating the story. Pretending to be deaf and mute, he has access to more information than the other characters in the story. Why do you think Chief Broom, as he comes to be known, has pretended for so long? Why does he feel safe talking to McMurphy eventually? Do you think the staff knew of his charade? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Chief Bromden doesn't realize just how big he is because of others in his life making him feel small. By the end of the book, do you feel Chief Bromden realizes his size? Why or why not? In what other ways does the Chief feel bigger? What actions demonstrate the way Chief's perception of himself and of his life has changed from the beginning of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

The trips the patients take seem to be the times when the patients are the happiest. Why do you think this is the case? Is it merely because of the change of scenery or because of the trips' activities? Do you think these trips were a good idea for the patients? Why or why not? Were these trips a good idea for the nurses who allowed them? Why or why not?

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