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 do for an entire week when the World Series is supposed to be on?

2. Who is the president of the Patient's Council?

3. What does McMurphy begin to collect bets for?

4. How many people vote for the World Series on the second vote?

5. What does Nurse Ratched put away at the end of the meeting?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the patients do when Nurse Ratched tells them to get away from the TV?

2. When the men begin to talk about McMurphy and the things he does, what does Harding remind the men of?

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

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

5. What does McMurphy receive from the doctor?

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

7. What do McMurphy and the Chief do when the attendants try to get George to use soap in his shower?

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

9. What is the punishment for the men after the incident in #3 takes place?

10. What does McMurphy ask of Chief Broom as they are sharing stories of their lives?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Nurse Ratched runs the ward with a briskness and calmness that in enviable in many ways. However, this lack of feeling also seems to create a higher likelihood of manipulating others for her own gain. That said, do you feel Nurse Ratched might do well to have some time in a mental ward herself? Why or why not? What are her main power issues and communication issues which need to be altered in order for her to live a more loving life?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

This novel is often seen as a scathing review of mental health in the United States, and in this sense, it's quite timeless. Though facilities have changed, do you think this novel presents an accurate representation of mental health facilities today? Why or why not? What things seem like they would never happen in today's world? Why or why not?

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