One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Test | Final 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 causes the second glass pane to break?

2. What do both McMurphy and The Chief do with the answer to #159?

3. Who is found wrapped in sheets like a mummy?

4. What does McMurphy want the item in #98 for?

5. What's the name of the boat they rented?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the nurse do when the basketball 'accidentally' breaks the nurse's station window again?

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

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

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

5. What do the night attendants do to Chief Broom's bed as he is sleeping?

6. When McMurphy and the Chief are taken to the Shock Shop, what does the Chief vow not to do?

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

8. Why has Chief Broom been saving up gum?

9. During the going away party, they don't really have a plan for not getting caught, so Harding steps in. What does he propose they do?

10. What happens to McMurphy when the men are caught after the plan to not get caught doesn't occur as planned?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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