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. Who has Billy been sleeping with?

2. Fill in the blank: 'When did they sneak that danged ________ in there? Why, that thing is a menace!"

3. What does McMurphy ask Nurse Ratched for?

4. What does Harding say will happen if he goes to the bathroom in the dark?

5. What do they not have enough of?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why has Chief Broom been saving up gum?

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does McMurphy tell Billy he needs to send to Candy for her trip to see him?

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

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

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

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 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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