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. What does McMurphy say the previous doctor he had diagnosed him with?

2. What do Nurse Ratched and McMurphy battle about?

3. Harding and McMurphy banter to decide who the biggest ______________ is in the hospital.

4. The day room is divided into how many sides?

5. What takes place over the course of a few days in the ward?

Short Essay Questions

1. What changes McMurphy's mind about the way he has been acting on the ward?

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

7. Which patients are the ones who have the highest likelihood of being cured?

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

9. How does McMurphy try to help Harding after the Group Meeting?

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

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

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 3

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?

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