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 else does Nurse Ratched count in the vote that makes the current vote NOT in favor of the World Series?

2. What is another name Chief Bromden uses for Nurse Ratched?

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

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

5. What does Harding ask McMurphy after Harding's wife leaves?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How could Billy Bibbit be described?

4. Who is the narrator of the story?

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Harding is the character in the story that seems to be the most well-adjusted, aside from McMurphy. So, why do you think he is in the ward to begin with? Is he hiding from his wife or is he genuinely trying to change himself? Why do you think he has so many troubles with his wife in the first place? Why do you think Harding married his wife?

Essay Topic 3

The nurses in the story run the gamut of nice to downright mean and manipulative. Is there a better nursing style in relation to these patients? Why did you answer the way you did? Choose one nurse character as the ideal nurse for this ward. Why did you choose this nurse? Do you think Nurse Ratched's style is well suited for this ward? Why or why not?

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