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 are the first words the Chief has spoken in years?

2. What does the nurse give to McMurphy?

3. How much money does McMurphy offer to the Chief as a result of #146?

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

5. Who begins to flirt with the nurses?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Randle McMurphy comes into the ward like a madman - which is interesting enough, given the circumstances. However, he's not crazy, at least, the reader isn't lead to believe so. However, at times, it does seem like he is someone that could benefit from therapy and even medications. Do you think McMurphy should be in the ward? Why or why not? Do you feel he needs professional help? Why or why not? Do you think McMurphy believes he needs any help at all? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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