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. How were the patients being tested for TB?

2. Who is the new Admission?

3. What does the staff call McMurphy?

4. What makes McMurphy question his actions?

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

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

5. Why has Chief Broom been saving up gum?

6. How could Billy Bibbit be described?

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

8. What are some of the ways that the men begin to bond together during the fishing trip?

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

10. What does McMurphy do when the night attendants come to Chief Broom's bed?

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

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 3

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?

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