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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. For whom did Chief Bromden's father make the decision he did in #65?

2. Who is always the first patient out of bed?

3. Who are the black boys?

4. How were the patients being tested for TB?

5. Who explodes irrationally at Harding?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are some of the memories that the Chief recalls as the electroshock therapy hits him?

3. 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?

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

5. What does Chief Broom do to help save McMurphy from his new vegetative state?

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

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

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

9. What does Nurse Ratched finally do in order to begin to topple the reign of McMurphy?

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

Essay 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 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?

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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