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

2. Where is Chief Bromden locked up?

3. Does McMurphy move the item in #40 as he says he can?

4. What does Harding have that no other patient has?

5. Where does the Chief try to hide?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Which patients are the ones whose brains have been altered beyond repair from shock therapy and tranquilizers?

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

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

6. Who is the narrator of the story?

7. What is the most surprising thing that McMurphy learns as they are waiting to be tested for TB?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

This novel is often seen as a scathing review of mental health in the United States, and in this sense, it's quite timeless. Though facilities have changed, do you think this novel presents an accurate representation of mental health facilities today? Why or why not? What things seem like they would never happen in today's world? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

McMurphy is certainly the ringleader of many an uprising in the ward, but he's not the only one with aspirations to rebel. Why do you think the rest of the ward is silent in their treatment in the ward? What makes them fear Nurse Ratched so much? Why doesn't McMurphy fear Nurse Ratched? Do you think the other patients would have rebelled without McMurphy's stay at the ward? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The story of McMurphy's childhood years shows the reader that he was not always as strong as he now is, that he had to learn that the only person who would take care of him was himself. Do you agree with this statement? Do you think this is a healthy mental state to live in or an unhealthy mindset? Why or why not? If McMurphy hadn't been ignored as a child, do you think he would have figured out the lesson on his own? Or do people need something horrible to happen before they can learn some lessons? Why or why not?

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