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 is Nurse Ratched's reaction to the answer to #55?

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

3. How much does McMurphy bet the other men?

4. What does Nurse Ratched give to Chief Bromden to calm him?

5. What are the men betting when they play cards?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the shaving of his head upset Chief Bromden?

2. What would McMurphy do each time the nurse would ask him if he repented during his stay on the Disturbed ward?

3. Who is the narrator of the story?

4. In response to the vetoing of his day pass, what does McMurphy do?

5. Why has Chief Broom been saving up gum?

6. What does McMurphy receive from the doctor?

7. What is the story that McMurphy shares with Chief Broom?

8. What are some of the ways that the men begin to bond together during the fishing trip?

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

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

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

Solitary confinement seems like one of the most horrible ways to be punished. It's used in prisons and in mental wards, after all. Why do you think this has been used as a tool of punishment for so long? Do you think it's effective? Why or why not? Are there certain people who benefit more from this seclusion than others? Why or why not? Is there a better way to punish someone?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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