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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. How much does McMurphy bet the other men?
2. What does McMurphy grab after #80?
3. What makes McMurphy question his actions?
4. What takes place over the course of a few days in the ward?
5. What do the men do for an entire week when the World Series is supposed to be on?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does McMurphy try to help Harding after the Group Meeting?
2. Who is the narrator of the story?
3. What does McMurphy see as his ticket out of the mental ward?
4. Why doesn't Nurse Ratched want McMurphy sent to the Disturbed ward?
5. 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?
6. What has McMurphy's rebellious spirit caused the men of the ward to begin to do?
7. How could Billy Bibbit be described?
8. After Nurse Ratched tells the men about their punishment (as described in the answer to #28), what does McMurphy declare out loud?
9. What is so special about Harding in relation to the rest of the patients on the ward?
10. How does Chief describe the days in the ward?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
McMurphy is certainly the ringleader of many an uprising in the ward, but he's not the only one with aspirations to rebel. Why do you think the rest of the ward is silent in their treatment in the ward? What makes them fear Nurse Ratched so much? Why doesn't McMurphy fear Nurse Ratched? Do you think the other patients would have rebelled without McMurphy's stay at the ward? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
The idea of who is the 'bull goose loony' comes up early in the story. What do you think the importance of this title is? Why do the two men vie for it? What other characters in the story might be good candidates for this title as well? What qualities do you think make up the definition of a bull goose loony?
Essay Topic 3
Chief Bromden is an interesting character in this story. Not only has he been in the ward for a long time, but he is also the one responsible for narrating the story. Pretending to be deaf and mute, he has access to more information than the other characters in the story. Why do you think Chief Broom, as he comes to be known, has pretended for so long? Why does he feel safe talking to McMurphy eventually? Do you think the staff knew of his charade? Why or why not?
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