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 is the narrator of this story?

2. Who is the young man with the speed impediment that makes him stutter?

3. Where did McMurphy come from?

4. Why is Chief Bromden in the meeting room?

5. Who does Chief Bromden recognize as doing the same thing that McMurphy does?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is the narrator of the story?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What is the punishment for the men after the incident in #3 takes place?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The question as to whether or not McMurphy is simply manipulating the men to get what he wants is something that begins to pull the group apart. In your opinion, do you think this is what McMurphy is trying to do? Why or why not? Would it be a bad thing in either case? In the end, what does McMurphy really 'win' in the ward as a result of his actions? Anything?

Essay Topic 2

The idea of who is the 'bull goose loony' comes up early in the story. What do you think the importance of this title is? Why do the two men vie for it? What other characters in the story might be good candidates for this title as well? What qualities do you think make up the definition of a bull goose loony?

Essay Topic 3

This novel is often seen as a scathing review of mental health in the United States, and in this sense, it's quite timeless. Though facilities have changed, do you think this novel presents an accurate representation of mental health facilities today? Why or why not? What things seem like they would never happen in today's world? Why or why not?

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