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 did Billy Bibbit stop writing in the log book, as the Acutes began to be stronger and more rebellious?

2. What does the nurse give to McMurphy?

3. Who is the patient who doesn't like to use soap?

4. What is the name the Chief uses to describe both the hospital administration and the government?

5. Who comes up with the plan to try to keep the men from getting into trouble, but still allowing McMurphy to escape?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

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 McMurphy do when the night attendants come to Chief Broom's bed?

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

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

10. What does McMurphy receive from the doctor?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The rumors that Nurse Ratched spreads are a part of a passive aggressive strategy to undermine McMurphy's authority in the ward. Do you think these rumors were the best possible plan? Why or why not? What other things could she have done to create a soured image of McMurphy? Why do you think Nurse Ratched prefers more subtle methods of manipulation?

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

Solitary confinement seems like one of the most horrible ways to be punished. It's used in prisons and in mental wards, after all. Why do you think this has been used as a tool of punishment for so long? Do you think it's effective? Why or why not? Are there certain people who benefit more from this seclusion than others? Why or why not? Is there a better way to punish someone?

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