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 does the Chief vow not to do?

2. Who throws the first punch in the fight in the shower?

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

4. What is the color of the patients' uniforms?

5. What does the nurse give to Chief Bromden

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does McMurphy do to Chief Bromden that makes the Chief upset about McMurphy always 'winning things'?

3. What does McMurphy receive from the doctor?

4. 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?

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

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

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

8. In response to the vetoing of his day pass, what does McMurphy do?

9. What is Nurse Ratched's reaction to the window that McMurphy breaks?

10. What are some of the memories that the Chief recalls as the electroshock therapy hits him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

This novel is often seen as a scathing review of mental health in the United States, and in this sense, it's quite timeless. Though facilities have changed, do you think this novel presents an accurate representation of mental health facilities today? Why or why not? What things seem like they would never happen in today's world? Why or why not?

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