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 joins McMurphy in the action of #46 first?

2. Who says the men are not brave men like McMurphy is?

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

4. What does McMurphy do as a result of the swimming trip?

5. Who are the black boys?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is the narrator of the story?

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

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

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

5. When McMurphy rants about the state of affairs in the ward, how does Billy Bibbit respond?

6. Which patients are the ones whose brains have been altered beyond repair from shock therapy and tranquilizers?

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

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. How does Chief describe the days in the ward?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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

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?

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