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. Where does the basketball go after #106?

2. Who kills McMurphy in the end, suffocating him with a pillow?

3. What are the first words the Chief has spoken in years?

4. Who does McMurphy appoint as the captain of the fishing trip?

5. Why does the class get broken?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why has Chief Broom been saving up gum?

5. What happens when the Captain calls the number the McMurphy gives him in order to validate their liability agreement?

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

7. What does McMurphy do as they are preparing and performing the electroshock therapy on him?

8. What does McMurphy receive from the doctor?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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