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 one of McMurphy's nicknames?

2. Are the men mad at McMurphy for his actions in #64's answer?

3. What does Nurse Ratched reprimand McMurphy for not letting the aides do?

4. What are the men waiting around to do one Friday in the lab?

5. What is taken away as a result of the World Series rebellions?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do the night attendants do to Chief Broom's bed as he is sleeping?

3. What is the most surprising thing that McMurphy learns as they are waiting to be tested for TB?

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

5. What is Nurse Ratched's reaction to the window that McMurphy breaks?

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

7. 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?

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

9. Why has Chief Broom been saving up gum?

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

Essay 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 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 patients of the ward all seem to have their own troubles and issues, but as a whole, they don't seem to be an unhappy bunch. Or do they? What signs do you see that point to the well being of the characters in this book? Which characters are more well adjusted than others? Why do you say this? Which characters are the least well adjusted? Why do you say this?

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