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. For whom did Chief Bromden's father make the decision he did in #65?

2. Who is always the first patient out of bed?

3. Who are the black boys?

4. How were the patients being tested for TB?

5. Who explodes irrationally at Harding?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are some of the memories that the Chief recalls as the electroshock therapy hits him?

3. 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?

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

5. What does Chief Broom do to help save McMurphy from his new vegetative state?

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

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

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

9. What does Nurse Ratched finally do in order to begin to topple the reign of McMurphy?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

McMurphy is accused of always 'winning things' as Chief Bromden puts it. What do you think this means to the other patients and to Chief Bromden? What are some of the things that McMurphy 'wins' on the ward? What are some of the things that McMurphy loses? Is it fair for McMurphy to be thought of as someone who is manipulating others? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The many rebellions against Nurse Ratched show the characters' ability to take action when they want to, but are these rebellions the best idea? Why or why not? What are the benefits of these rebellions? What are the downsides? Can you think of any other way the characters could have dealt with the nurse's manipulations?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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