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 do the men begin to question as McMurphy continues to be rebellious?

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

3. What is the diagnosis that the staff come to that they will put McMurphy into the Disturbed ward for?

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

5. Where is the group of patients taken as an excursion trip?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Chief Bromden understand the sudden shift in McMurphy's behavior?

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

4. What does Nurse Ratched tell the young black men to do before breakfast?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chief Bromden doesn't realize just how big he is because of others in his life making him feel small. By the end of the book, do you feel Chief Bromden realizes his size? Why or why not? In what other ways does the Chief feel bigger? What actions demonstrate the way Chief's perception of himself and of his life has changed from the beginning of the novel?

Essay Topic 2

The nurses in the story run the gamut of nice to downright mean and manipulative. Is there a better nursing style in relation to these patients? Why did you answer the way you did? Choose one nurse character as the ideal nurse for this ward. Why did you choose this nurse? Do you think Nurse Ratched's style is well suited for this ward? Why or why not?

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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