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. Where does Nurse Ratched go as the men are sitting in front of the TV in silent protest?

3. What have the men all found at the hospital?

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

5. What is the Chief constantly afraid will swallow him and the others up?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

5. 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?

6. 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?

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

8. While the men understand McMurphy's change in behavior, what tragic event occurs that makes the ward go back to its normal routine?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The shower scene is dramatic as it shows the bonds between the men on the ward. For all of their mental health troubles, they still understand when someone is being brutalized and they know when that victim needs to be helped. McMurphy jumps in to protect George, which is understandable, but why do you think Chief Broom does too? What is the Chief really fighting when he goes after the orderlies? Why didn't anyone else help?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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