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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. Where does the staff want to send McMurphy?

2. Who gets up at the end of the Group Meeting, after being quiet the entire time?

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

4. What is McMurphy doing when Nurse Ratched comes in the morning?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How could the patients of the ward be described?

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

5. How could Billy Bibbit be described?

6. What action does McMurphy take as a result of #29?

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

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

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

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

The question as to whether or not McMurphy is simply manipulating the men to get what he wants is something that begins to pull the group apart. In your opinion, do you think this is what McMurphy is trying to do? Why or why not? Would it be a bad thing in either case? In the end, what does McMurphy really 'win' in the ward as a result of his actions? Anything?

Essay Topic 2

The story of McMurphy's childhood years shows the reader that he was not always as strong as he now is, that he had to learn that the only person who would take care of him was himself. Do you agree with this statement? Do you think this is a healthy mental state to live in or an unhealthy mindset? Why or why not? If McMurphy hadn't been ignored as a child, do you think he would have figured out the lesson on his own? Or do people need something horrible to happen before they can learn some lessons? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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