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. Whose name has McMurphy added to the trip list?

2. What does the Chief vow not to do?

3. What is the night attendant doing to the Chief's bed?

4. Who has a date with Candy Starr, as arranged by McMurphy?

5. What does McMurphy do, even as they are hooking him up to the machines?

Short Essay Questions

1. What has Chief Bromden been believing about McMurphy?

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

3. Why does McMurphy want a day pass from the ward?

4. Why has Chief Broom been saving up gum?

5. What does Billy maintain in terms of his opinion of McMurphy?

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

7. What does Chief Broom do to help save McMurphy from his new vegetative state?

8. What are some of the ways that the men begin to bond together during the fishing trip?

9. What does Nurse Ratched finally do in order to begin to topple the reign of McMurphy?

10. What is the first rebellious act that Chief Broom commits?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The many rebellions against Nurse Ratched show the characters' ability to take action when they want to, but are these rebellions the best idea? Why or why not? What are the benefits of these rebellions? What are the downsides? Can you think of any other way the characters could have dealt with the nurse's manipulations?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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