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 explodes irrationally at Harding?

2. Who are the black boys?

3. Who is the new Admission?

4. Who gets up at the end of the Group Meeting, after being quiet the entire time?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

9. Why doesn't Nurse Ratched want McMurphy sent to the Disturbed ward?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

The rumors that Nurse Ratched spreads are a part of a passive aggressive strategy to undermine McMurphy's authority in the ward. Do you think these rumors were the best possible plan? Why or why not? What other things could she have done to create a soured image of McMurphy? Why do you think Nurse Ratched prefers more subtle methods of manipulation?

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