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. Who are those who still have hope of being cured in the mental hospital?

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

3. What is McMurphy doing when Nurse Ratched comes in the morning?

4. The majority of the men on the ward are not ________ cases.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Chief Bromden allowed to be in the meeting room when Nurse Ratched and the other members of the medical team are having a meeting?

3. After Nurse Ratched tells the men about their punishment (as described in the answer to #28), what does McMurphy declare out loud?

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

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

6. Who is the narrator of the story?

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

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

9. Why does Chief Bromden understand the sudden shift in McMurphy's behavior?

10. What does Nurse Ratched tell the young black men to do before breakfast?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Nurse Ratched runs the ward with a briskness and calmness that in enviable in many ways. However, this lack of feeling also seems to create a higher likelihood of manipulating others for her own gain. That said, do you feel Nurse Ratched might do well to have some time in a mental ward herself? Why or why not? What are her main power issues and communication issues which need to be altered in order for her to live a more loving life?

Essay Topic 2

Some patients on the ward are labels Chronics because they aren't ever going to leave the ward, but is this a reasonable idea? Do you think that some mental diseases cannot be cured? Why or why not? What kinds of symptoms/signs are incurable? Or can every person return to the outside world at one point or another?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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