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 is the narrator of this story?

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

3. What is McMurphy supposed to be doing during the time in #46?

4. To what has McMurphy dedicated his life, according to him?

5. What does the staff call McMurphy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Chief Bromden allowed to be in the meeting room when Nurse Ratched and the other members of the medical team are having a meeting?

2. How could Billy Bibbit be described?

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

4. What causes Nurse Ratched to fly into a rage at the start of the novel?

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

6. When Nurse Ratched tells McMurphy that he can not wear a towel when walking around in the ward, what does McMurphy do?

7. Why doesn't Nurse Ratched want McMurphy sent to the Disturbed ward?

8. What action does McMurphy take as a result of #29?

9. Who is the narrator of the story?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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