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. When do the lights go out on the ward?

2. Who does McMurphy talk to when they arrive at the place of their excursion trip?

3. What is the color on the coffee cup that Chief Bromden can't believe is really Nurse Ratched's lipstick?

4. What does McMurphy do as a result of the swimming trip?

5. The majority of the men on the ward are not ________ cases.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When McMurphy rants about the state of affairs in the ward, how does Billy Bibbit respond?

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

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

5. Why does the shaving of his head upset Chief Bromden?

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

7. What is the cleaning crew of the mental hospital called?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Chief Bromden doesn't realize just how big he is because of others in his life making him feel small. By the end of the book, do you feel Chief Bromden realizes his size? Why or why not? In what other ways does the Chief feel bigger? What actions demonstrate the way Chief's perception of himself and of his life has changed from the beginning of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Solitary confinement seems like one of the most horrible ways to be punished. It's used in prisons and in mental wards, after all. Why do you think this has been used as a tool of punishment for so long? Do you think it's effective? Why or why not? Are there certain people who benefit more from this seclusion than others? Why or why not? Is there a better way to punish someone?

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