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 does Harding have that no other patient has?

2. Who is always the first patient out of bed?

3. For whom did Chief Bromden's father make the decision he did in #65?

4. What does McMurphy do to get the attention of everyone?

5. Who is the overall winner of the card game?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Which patients are the ones who have the highest likelihood of being cured?

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

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

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

6. What does Harding's wife do when she comes to visit?

7. When McMurphy tries to get the men to agree to watch the World Series, the second vote yields more votes than the first, but why isn't it valid, according to Nurse Ratched?

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The trips the patients take seem to be the times when the patients are the happiest. Why do you think this is the case? Is it merely because of the change of scenery or because of the trips' activities? Do you think these trips were a good idea for the patients? Why or why not? Were these trips a good idea for the nurses who allowed them? 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

Harding is the character in the story that seems to be the most well-adjusted, aside from McMurphy. So, why do you think he is in the ward to begin with? Is he hiding from his wife or is he genuinely trying to change himself? Why do you think he has so many troubles with his wife in the first place? Why do you think Harding married his wife?

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