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 Harding say will happen if he goes to the bathroom in the dark?

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

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

4. What color is the soap that is used in the showers?

5. Where does McMurphy say the men are traveling to when the gas attendant tries to charge extra for the gas?

Short Essay Questions

1. What would McMurphy do each time the nurse would ask him if he repented during his stay on the Disturbed ward?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. What does McMurphy receive from the doctor?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The patients of the ward all seem to have their own troubles and issues, but as a whole, they don't seem to be an unhappy bunch. Or do they? What signs do you see that point to the well being of the characters in this book? Which characters are more well adjusted than others? Why do you say this? Which characters are the least well adjusted? Why do you say this?

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

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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